Water & Green Growth
Innovativ Grøn System Eksport
The focus of this project is on partnerships in relation to export of Danish green integrated system solutions. The project is supported by the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation.
The Danish Embassy in India and the Danish Ministry of Environment have formed a partnership with the aim of identifying wastewater treatment plant and rehabilitating it with Danish technology and know-how. This project is supported by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
Reports on Water and Green Growth
Towards a Green Economy, UNEP, 2011
Pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication. A synthesis for policy makers.
Mapping of Danish Cleantech Sector, 2009 (in Danish)
Links to relevant sites
The Royal Danish Foreign Ministry
Danish Export Ambassadors,
The Danish Trade Council
Environmental Technology Agenda, 2010-2011, (in Danish) Danish Ministry of the Environment
EcoInnovation, (in Danish) the portal provides an overview of Danish lessons within environmental technologies hosted by the Danish Ministry of the Environment
The water sector in Denmark consists of around 200 companies, more than half of them SME’s, and they employ around 35.000 people.
Water resources are facing constant pressure from climate change, growing populations, pollution, and urbanization. Today 1.7 bill. people are facing water stress. In 2025 this is expected to rise to 5 billion. Figures like these calls for improved water management solutions and partnerships. Environmentally sustainable water solutions are becoming increasingly significant and the potential for exporting green technological solutions is rising.
The Danish water sector has a huge potential for improving exports and is even now exporting around 50% of its products and services.
The Danish potential for green export is apparent in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) which have fast growing markets. There is also a great potential in the Next 11 countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam) of which potential markets from the Danish perspective is seen especially in Vietnam and Indonesia.
In the promotion of Danish Export the Danish Foreign Ministry has appointed export ambassadors to support the export potential for Danish industries for some of these growing markets. To name some of the export ambassadors for these countries, Denmark has appointed Uffe Ellemann Jensen in India, Ritt Bjerregaard in China and Anne Birgitte Lundholt for South Africa, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and Turkey.
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has chosen also to support the development and export of green technologies, key areas have been on demonstration projects in India and China.
It is one of DWFs key areas to share knowledge and develop partnerships on water related projects.
We are currently involved in a demonstration project for sewage treatment in India, a project on improved sludge management in India as well as the project: Innovative Green System Solutions, looking at reduction of non-revenue water in Indonesia, improving groundwater mapping in China and local handling of rainwater, for which no case country has been selected. The projects in India have been supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and Innovate Green System Solutions has been funded through the Ministry for Science and Innovation.