Business leaders, energy producers and senior government officials have attended the Australia-Denmark Green Growth Forum to discuss future sustainable development opportunities for both countries.


Welcoming the Green Growth Forum at Parliament House, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said Australia could learn a lot from Denmark about the transition to a clean energy future.


“These discussions will help Australia, as we look to seize the economic and job opportunities that come from investment in renewable energy and other low-pollution technologies,” Mr Combet said.


The Danish Minister for Trade and Investment Pia Olsen Dyhr acknowledged the efforts being taken in Australia and the passing of the Clean Energy legislation. Ms Dyhr highlighted some of the opportunities to generate growth through trade and investment in the renewable energy sector.


“Denmark has nearly doubled its export of clean energy technology over the past 10 years, making it the European country with the highest share of clean energy technologies exported. Danish companies see great opportunities in Australia in the years to come especially in relation to wind energy and the infrastructure linked to wind farms,” Ms Dyhr said.


The Green Growth Forum, chaired by Climate Commissioner Professor Tim Flannery and CEO of Vestas Wind Energy Mr Ditlev Engel, discussed initiatives to encourage large-scale investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sectors in Australia and Denmark.