The Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Dr. Pham Khoi Nguyen, opened the seminar together with the Danish Ambassador, Mr. Peter Lysholt Hansen. Dr. Nguyen expressed great interest in Danish technologies and know how within energy and environment praising Denmark as one of Vietnam’s key partners in this field.
The full day seminar included a number of expert presentations on the Danish experiences on developing energy and environmental policies, on environmental monitoring, and on the development of renewable energy sources. Head of the Environmental Department in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Geert Aagaard Andersen, introduced the Danish policy on international climate change agreements inviting Vietnam to join the efforts for reaching a new and ambitious agreement at the COP 15 meeting to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.
A key message throughout the day is that Denmark has been able to double its GDP in 30 years period without increasing the energy consumption. This is the outcome of concerted and deliberate efforts on energy savings, priority to renewable energy sources, and big efforts by Danish companies to develop technologies, products and know how on energy efficiency and renewables.
A number of Danish companies specialising within energy and environment participated in the seminar making presentations of their products and services. The companies included the big consultancy companies Carl Bro and Niras, the solar energy company GJ Vietnam, IEN consultants specialising in Green Buildings, Scandinavian No Dig providing no-digging solutions for renovation of water and sanitation pipes, Q2/Gascon providing gas extraction solutions for landfills and biogas systems, DHI Water and Environment, and EKF, the Danish export credit facility.