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Successful visit by Danish Climate Ambassador

24.02.2020  06:55

H.E. Tomas Anker Christensen, the newly appointed Climate Ambassador of Denmark, visited Korea with a delegation from Denmark’s Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities on February 17-19, 2020.

During his visit the Ambassador met with key actors of the government (the Blue House, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Trade Industry and Energy, the Parliament, the National Council on Climate and Air Quality, KEPCO, and K-Sure), NGOs, and companies to discuss Denmark’s support of Korea’s green transition, i.e. transitioning from being reliant on “black energy” such as coal to renewable energy sources. Also on the agenda was the bilateral cooperation for the upcoming Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) summit to be held in Seoul this year.

In regards to Korea’s green transition, one key area of discussion was the implementation of offshore wind. Denmark’s current energy mix includes large shares of renewable energy while at the same time retaining the highest levels of supply security in Europe. Denmark’s experience shows that supply security is a product of a solid electricity market, flexible thermal generation, forecasting, and interconnectors – all areas where Denmark wants to engage in knowledge sharing with Korea.

In addition, Ambassador Christensen emphasised the importance of the right framework conditions being built, the process of project approvals being simplified, auctions being well-designed, and thermal power plants being more flexible. A fair and just transition process and the public support for it were also highlighted as being key elements.