Denmark

As of 2015, around 25% of Denmark’s energy consumption came from renewable sources. The country has an overall target to be 100% fossil fuel free by 2050.

Despite this, and despite ambitious targets at city and municipality level, there is a feeling that investment and support within the creative and cultural sector isn't targeted towards environmental sustainability, creating a barrier to effective action. 

 

Guides, resources and events

 Guide and database ranking different energy tariffs offered by different energy suppliers according to their sustainability: http://xn--grntelvalg-1cb.dk/

 EnergiStyrelsen (the Danish Energy Agency) offers overviews and guidance to Danish legislation on energy, such as the building regulations: http://www.ens.dk/forbrug-besparelser/byggeriets-energiforbrug The website also provides guidance on how to find energy consultants able to provide energy labelling and energy audit services for businesses: http://www.ens.dk/en/consumption-savings/energy-efficiency-measures-energy-intensive-companies/energy-audits-large/links

SparEnergi is the energy agency’s portal offering energy efficiency advice, including:

Further guidance on topics such as heat pumps and renovation http://sparenergi.dk/

Culture Futures is a Copenhagen based network engaging the cultural sector in environmental sustainability and climate change. They run events with themes like looking at environmental sustainability and culture in the context of urban regeneration. http://culturefutures.org/

 

Funding

EnergiSparesiden: energy companies in Denmark have a legal obligation to support consumers in making energy savings. There are different types of grants available to make energy efficiency improvements in buildings, such as boiler replacements, insulation, and energy consultancy: http://www.energisparesiden.dk/privat/hjaelp-til--energibesparelser

 

Suppliers

 Natur-Energi offers green energy tariffs supporting renewable energy: https://www.natur-energi.dk/

 Blue Energy offers green energy tariffs supporting renewable energy: https://www.blueenergy.dk/

 

Good Practice

Roskilde Festival has a long-standing focus on environmental sustainability, working with partners such as the Copenhagen Business School and the Technical Unviersity of Denmark (DTU) to turn the festival into a ‘sustainability lab’ to explore new processes and technologies. http://www.roskildenyt.dk/2015/04/ny-strategi-skal-goere-roskilde-festival-endnu-mere-baeredygtig/

Klaverfabrikken in Hillerod has a 230 m2 solar PV installation on its roof since 2011, accounting for the carbon impact of the venue’s entire electricity and water consumption. The venue is currently working on replacing all the lighting fixtures with LEDs, thinking about creating a stage on the roof for acoustic shows in the company of the solar PV panels, and exploring possibilities for planting vertical gardens on its walls. Read more about their sustainability work here: http://www.klaverfabrikkenlive.dk/om-os/

 

Awards and certifications

Julie’s Bicycle Creative Industry Green: environmental certification scheme ranging from 1-3 stars specifically designed for the creative industries, available for festivals/outdoor events, venues, and offices.  http://www.juliesbicycle.com/industry-green

A Greener Festival Awards: environmental sustainability award for outdoor events and festivals.  http://www.agreenerfestival.com/agf-award

Annual CSR Awards for inspiring sustainable businesses: http://www.csrfonden.dk/csr-awards/csr-awards-2015.aspx

Green Building Council Denmark offers DGNB in Denmark – a certificate for the construction and renovation of green office buildings: http://www.dk-gbc.dk/certificering/dgnb-i-danmark.aspx