Green Partnerships - A Win-Win for Public and Private Sectors
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
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On May 31, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt launched Green Partnerships for Growth in Copenhagen. This bilateral initiative builds on the success of previous Green Partnership events in 2010 and 2011, but takes the initiative further to the two nation’s public sectors as well as private sectors.

Green Partnerships for Growth features the U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and AmCham Denmark, along with other partners, to facilitate a series of structured events aimed at connecting the public sectors in the U.S. and Denmark - with the experience, knowledge, products and services of green growth companies in both countries.

The event was held in Landstingssalen at Christiansborg.  More than 220 participants, including politicians, business leaders and press, gathered to hear the Secretary and the Prime Minister discuss the new initiatives.

Opening the meeting were event partners, Karsten Dybvad from DI, as well as Stephen Brugger from AmCham. “Denmark was a first mover. The U.S. is a strong mover. Together we can overcome today’s challenges and together benefit from the enormous market opportunities of tomorrow,” said CEO Karsten Dybvad, DI.

“With sustainable growth at the top of the agenda in the U.S. and Denmark, there is tremendous potential for new public-private partnerships in both countries, and Green Partnerships for Growth is the perfect vehicle to make this happen - and now is the time,” says Stephen Brugger, Executive Director AmCham Denmark.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt applauded the Secretary’s work towards a greener future in the U.S., and talked about the wealth of opportunity for public – private ventures between the two countries. “The US market provides the world’s largest amount of investments in clean energy technologies, she said, noting that the U.S. is also a key driver of development and innovation in the field of green technologies. “Governments strongly rely on the private sector. To ensure financing of the green transition, but also as a driver for innovation.”

Secretary Clinton expressed her admiration for Denmark’s leadership in clean energy and energy efficiency, including the commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in 2040. ”And it is for me, personally, inspirational to see government and business working so closely together, because I do think this is a win-win,” she said.  The goals of the initiative are to boost export into the respective countries, as well as for Denmark and the U.S. to partner on exporting green technology globally. All of this “would have mutually beneficial, positive effects, including creating jobs” in both countries.

Karsten Dybvad, DI, strongly believes in the potential of bringing the partnerships to a whole new level. “Sustainable growth is not only a great challenge. It is also the biggest business opportunity of this lifetime. If our companies can find and develop solutions to deal with these vast challenges, there is an immense growth potential,” says Karsten Dybvad.

AmCham Denmark and The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) are proud to be part of the intensified partnerships between our two nations and applaud the leadership of U.S. Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton and the U.S. Embassy in this important bilateral initiative.

Click here to read Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s speech
Click here to read Secretary Clinton’s speech

Click here to read about the 2011 Green Partnership visit to Washington D.C.
Click here to read about the 2010 Green Partnership Event

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