Green growth is the sustainable way out of the novel coronavirus crisis, according to speakers at an international webinar of State of Green, Denmark’s public-private partnership that promotes clean-tech solutions concerning climate change, on Wednesday.
“We need to secure a global economic recovery that is both green and equitable. Although times are challenging right now, I remain optimistic that we can do this,” said opening speaker, the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
The Crown Prince also envisaged Denmark making a major contribution to a global green transition.
Meanwhile, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Joergensen agreed with the Crown Prince, emphasizing that despite the country’s modest size, Denmark is a potential “green superpower” which has a central role to play in the international arena.
“Denmark only accounts for around 0.1 percent of global emissions. Still, we aspire to be world leaders in the green transition, showing the way for bigger economies,” said Joergensen.
Additional speakers — Mads Nipper, CEO at Grundfos and Lars Sandahl Soerensen, CEO at the Confederation of Danish Industry — stressed the importance of working across sectors to enable the necessary innovative solutions.
“Public-private partnerships are essential in the quest to accelerate the global green transition,” Soerensen noted.
The Danish government and the private sectors established the “Climate Partnerships” in November 2019, aiming to develop an extensive set of recommendations to bring down Danish carbon emissions dramatically during this decade, while maintaining commercial competitiveness.