Chinese five-year energy plan inspired by Danish thinking
04 August 2013
Danish thinking inspires China’s next five-year plan. Moreover, the Danish government recently signed an agreement with China's powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
The Danish government has signed a detailed agreement with China's powerful NDRC. This specific plan, drawn up by the NDRC, could become extremely important for the future of global climate action, and also have an effect on Danish export opportunities.
"It's kind of crazy that we are contributing to China's next five-year plan," says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard who is not doubting that the Danish climate and energy policies stand high in China’s favour, because we actually "made it" - i.e. reached far with a green transformation of the energy sector.
With the agreement, Danish officials and experts will be part of the collaboration on development of standards, which over time could be an advantage for Danish companies selling wind turbines, pumps, district heating and other energy efficient quality products to the Chinese market.
China is the world's largest CO2 emitter, and to keep the global temperature increases at a maximum of two degrees, active Chinese involvement is required.