The Partnership was started in December 2010 and is a co-operation between Danish Industry, Brancheforeningen Dansk Miljøteknologi, Local Government Denmark (LGDK), Danish Bussiness Authority, Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, Danish Transport Authority, Danish Regions, and Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
The Partnership will identify areas where the public sector – through public investment – and Danish enterprises can benefit from collaborating on environmental issues, both regarding solutions on environmental problems and enterprises developing new environmental technology solutions to both the market in Denmark and abroad.
Initially, the Partnership will identify some of the environmental problems and challenges that municipalities are experiencing in regard to their responsibilities for waste, air, and water. In 2011, 4 workshops were held in Aarhus, Odense, Roskilde and Copenhagen. Here possible areas of cooperation were discussed between businesses and public authorities.
The Ministry of the Environment supports the Partnership's facilitation with DKK 490,000 from the Environmental Technology Action Plan. In addition, up to DKK 5 million was in Spring 2011 earmarked for testing, development, and demonstration projects. The projects should be aimed at companies testing new environmental technology in the municipalities.
During the political debate on the Environmental Technology Action Plan, it was a political wish to consider whether public procurement and investment can contribute to the development of new environmental technology in Danish companies.
Facts on public procurement and investments in the environment
The public sector purchased for DKK 269 billion from other businesses, in 2008. It concerns the purchase of specific products such as office furniture, health products, IT, etc. and the cost of rent, purchase of transport services, etc.
In addition, public funding invested in buildings, plants and machinery and other durable capital goods. In 2008, the total public investment was DKK 52 billion, much of which was "purchased" at private enterprises.
Finally, the public sector's expenditure on environmental protection covered 31.5 billion Danish kroner, in 2008. Of these, investments totalled DKK 10 billion and purchases DKK 15 billion. The two main areas of expenditure are waste management and handling of sewage and rainwater.
Contact for more information:
Jens Schultz Hansen
Danish Environment Protection Agency, Environmental Technology
Direct phone: +45 7254 4522