Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced a joint U.S.-Danish initiative to partner the public and private sectors to promote green growth and energy efficiency on May 31 in Copenhagen, Denmark to an audience of over 200 gathered at the Danish Folketing (Parliament).
The initiative, Green Partnerships for Growth, exemplifies the priority of “green growth” for both the United States and Denmark. Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt remarked that the partnership showcases “two governments sharing a common vision.” Government leaders in both countries have pledged to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in the public sector -- including the defense sector -- to reduce energy consumption and implement sustainable energy strategies. American and Danish companies offer unique skills, capabilities, and technologies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, which will be utilized through this partnership.
Green Partnerships for Growth, which commences in autumn 2012 in Copenhagen, features U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), and AmCham Denmark, among others, to facilitate contact among U.S. and Danish companies and public sectors through a series of gatherings with relevant companies.
Secretary Clinton outlined the goals of the partnership, which include creating more opportunities for U.S. companies to export their products and services to Denmark, opening doors to more investments by Danish companies in America, and finding opportunities for the U.S. and Denmark to partner on exporting green technology products and services throughout the world. Building on the success of previous Green Partnership events in 2010 and 2011, the partnership provides a venue where the U.S. and Danish public and private sectors can learn from each other about ways to effectively reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases while moving to more sustainable sources of energy.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is on travel to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey from May 31-June 7. You can follow her trip on www.state.gov.