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Denmark's green energy exports set record

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Denmark's green energy exports set record
The bulk of the energy technology exports went to Germany. Photo: Colourbox
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Danish companies that produce energy technology exported 10.7 percent more in 2014 than the year before, setting an all-time export record.
A report on last year’s export figures released by the Ministry of Climate on Thursday showed that energy technology exports hit their highest-ever level, accounting for a total of 74.4 billion kroner. 
 
The energy technology exports increased by 10.7 percent over 2013 levels at a time when Denmark’s overall exports grew by just 0.6 percent. 
 
According to the report, green technology accounted for the lion’s share of the total energy tech boom. Green energy exports grew by 15.4 percent in 2014 and totaled 43.6 billion kroner. 
 
“Demand for green solutions from Denmark increases every year. Our ambitious climate policy has contributed to ensuring that Danish businesses are in a strong position – and we need to fight to maintain that position for the future. These figures show very clearly that this is the right route to take,” Climate Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen said in a press release.
 
Ministry spokesman Rasmus Bjørn told The Local that while windmills and windmill parts accounted for much of the export boom, other successful energy technology exports included such things as insulation, heat pumps and energy-efficient windows. 
 
The deputy director of the Danish Energy Industries Federation, which was also involved in the export report, said Denmark’s growth in green energy technology “ will make even the Chinese envious”. 
 
“Our ambition is for exports of energy technology to reach 100 billion kroner by 2020,” Troels Ranis said. 
 
Nearly a third of all Danish energy technology exports in 2014 went to Germany. The next largest markets were the UK, Sweden and the US. 
 
 
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