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The Energy Governance Partnership

The Energy Governance Partnership (EGP) is a Danish Government programme that aims to drive decarbonisation efforts in the energy sector through Government-level cooperation.

Denmark and the UK are world leaders in energy decarbonisation and share ambitious decarbonisation targets, with both pledging to make the transition to a net zero economy by 2050. The question of how to reduce emissions from buildings through heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency is high on the UK policy agenda – heat is a major part of the UK economy, and accounts for around a third of total carbon emissions.

Denmark has substantial knowledge and expertise to share, with more than 40 years’ worth of experience in regulating and developing an extensive district heating sector. In 2019, roughly 65% of Danish heat demand is met through heat networks, and 76% of the heat supplied is expected to be renewable based by 2023. In parallel, energy consumption for heat in buildings in Denmark improved by 62% from 1975 to 2015, showing the real impact that energy efficiency measures can have on demand.

The UK EGP programme is therefore focused on increasing cooperation between Denmark and the UK in these areas. There will be substantial opportunities for Danish companies and businesses to support the programme and the UK’s low carbon transition, as well as strengthening their own position in the Danish energy export market. At the Danish Embassy in London, there are two dedicated advisers working on the EGP programme supported by experts in the Danish Energy Agency and the Trade Council.

How can I as a Danish Company benefit?

Denmark has a strong tradition within public-private partnerships and the aim is to involve Danish companies who can contribute with best practices, expertise and state of the art technologies to further support the UK’s clean energy transition. If you would like more information on the programme for 2020 below, on the heat and energy efficiency markets, or would like to discuss how we can get involved in activities you are planning in the UK, please contact us.

Current Activities

Danish-UK District Cooling Seminar

Seminar exploring the opportunities and challenges with large-scale district cooling systems in cities, with case studies from Denmark and the UK. A focus point of the seminar will be to evaluate synergies between increased demand for cooling and potential new heat networks in the UK.

London, 27 February 2020

Energy efficiency alliance

The Danish Embassy has launched an energy efficiency alliance with the aim to promote a more holistic approach to energy efficiency in the UK through developing better homes. The alliance will work in coordination with the EGP programme and engage UK Government and industry organisations through stakeholder events and activities. Members of the alliance include Grundfos, Rockwool, Velux, and Danfoss. 

Heat Networks Mentoring scheme

The Danish Embassy, alongside the Danish Board of District Heating, are developing a mentor scheme within district heating. The scheme will look at twinning district-heating schemes in the UK with schemes in Denmark, with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and best practice at a practical level.

Throughout 2020

Nordic Scotland Summit

The Nordic Scotland Summit is a combined seminar and exhibition organised in connection with the ALL Energy conference, UK’s leading renewable and low carbon energy event. The initiative is co-organised by the Nordic Ministers Council, NEFCO (The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation), NIB (Nordic Investment Bank), NI (Nordic Innovation) and the Nordic Trade Promotion Organisations in London.  

The collaboration seeks to further position the Nordic region as the most sustainable, integrated region in the world by 2030, and will focus on promoting Nordic companies and technologies within climate and carbon neutrality.

Glasgow, 13-14 May 2020

The Liveable City 

The Liveable City is a conference focusing on how we create better cities showcasing best practice from Denmark and the UK. The conference takes place on 16-18 June in London and on June 18th there will be a seminar on expanding heat networks, with lessons learnt from Danish and UK municipalities. 

London, 18 June 2020

COP 26

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC will take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow. During the COP, the Danish Embassy in London will organise the Danish presence and several side events for Danish businesses in cooperation with leading Danish business associations. 

Glasgow, 9-19 November 2020


EGP programme

Harriet Arscott – Energy Coordinator / +44 207 333 0251

Jacob Byskov Kristensen – Energy Policy Advisor / +44 207 333 0210

Helene Blicher – Intern / +44 207 333 02249

Trade Council

Rasmus Leth Traberg – Senior Advisor responsible for energy / +44 207 333 0232