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The Danish Government takes the lead in energy saving

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Danish governmental energy consumption should be reduced by at least 10 % by 2011 compared with the consumption in 2006. A new database will gather data on the consumption of institutions and the results of the energy savings initiative will be published on a new website. This decision has been published in a new circular letter about energy improvement in governmental institutions. The individual ministries must now decide how they are going to reduce energy consumption by 10 %.

The circular letter states that governmental institutions are obliged to: 

Reduce energy consumption by 10 %

    • Energy consumption determined as the total annual energy consumption measured in kWh within the ministry's entire province

Act energy efficiently

    • Buy energy efficient products
    • Organise energy saving measures in a manner appropriate for the ministries or the institutions

Report energy consumption

    • All institutions should install distance meters for electricity, heating and hot water
    • Consumption must be reported via distance meters or manually at least once a year to a new database for governmental energy consumption

Ensure energy efficient buildings

    • Ensure that government-owned buildings are constructed and operated as energy efficiently as possible
    • Ensure that buildings have an energy certificate.
    • Implement profitable energy saving measures
    • Ensure that buildings with private tenancy are in good energy conditions
    • Initiate cooperation about energy saving initiatives with private owners and tenants in case a building is shared by several owners or tenants

Publish and make energy and water consumption visible

    • On their websites governmental institutions should publish what initiatives have been implemented to reach the target to reduce energy consumption by 10 %
    • Energy certification of buildings and advisory reports guidelines from utility companies (electricity, natural gas or district heating) should be published on the websites of the institutions
    • Once a year the National Energy Authority will  publish the development of the governmental energy consumption and submit it to the Danish parliament energy-political committee

The circular letter states that it is the responsibility of the ministry and its institutions that enter into, extend and renegotiate tenure agreements to ensure that the property is categorised with an energy certificate E or better for properties built before 1961; C or better for properties built later than 1961 but before 2006; or B or better for properties built in 2006 or later.