Denmark to help Colombia in energy transition

Regulation & Policy    Aug 19, 2021 2:21 PM

Denmark is committed to the energy transition and announced its aid to Colombia in this process.

The Nordic country wants to support Colombia’s transition to a new energy model, El Espectador reported.

“During the last few years, we have supported Colombian institutions with experts and exchanges to share our experiences and solutions,” Erik Høeg, Danish ambassador to Colombia, said.

He said that cooperation will reach a new level with Colombia’s entry as a priority partner in the new Danish Energy Transition Initiative (DETI).

“The program seeks to foster effective planning for renewable energy and improve the country’s energy efficiency to guarantee access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy,” Høeg explained.

The expert said that the long-term transition looks unstoppable and Colombia has the potential to be a regional leader in green energy.

“With optimism, I highlight the efforts of public and private players who are actively driving a shift towards sustainability,” Høeg highlighted.

He said that cities like Medellin and Bogota are part of the “C40 Convention: Climate Leadership Cities Group,” working to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change.

“In Denmark, we learned the importance of involving and supporting local communities in the development of transformative projects and understood the need to integrate unconventional renewables into our national grid,” Høeg said.

Høeg said that Denmark’s success has been based on energy strategies with broad political backing, long-term planning and public-private partnerships.

“The results not only impacted positively on a political level, they also brought benefits on an economic level. Our commitment to wind energy cost neither jobs nor wealth. The ‘wind’ did not take away our welfare,” Høeg said.

Høeg said that Denmark’s experience cannot be copied verbatim in Colombia, and that measures will be needed according to the national context, to its productive reality.

“In any case, this country will have to face fundamental decisions that will define its long-term energy model,” Høeg concluded.

Bottom-Line: Undoubtedly, Denmark’s experience will be fundamental to continue advancing in the energy transition process.

Høeg mentions the issue of communities, which is every day more critical and Colombian authorities seem to be ignoring it or hoping it goes away.

The government should remember that prior consultations are affecting the development of large projects.

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