Energy saving and the efficient use of energy represent a major element of Denmark's ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the amount of renewable energy in our energy supply. It is also important in terms of reduced costs for households and enhanced competitiveness for industry. Last but not least, the efficient use of energy and energy conservation is also important in reducing energy costs for consumers and businesses .
Over 30% of Denmark's energy consumption is attributable to private households, and there is great potential for saving energy in many households. This could include for example more energy-efficient electrical equipment, insulation and the replacement or conversion of heating systems. Deciding which measures to take will vary from household to household.
Low energy costs are essential for companies’ competitiveness, and many companies could reduce their energy costs by simply saving energy. Companies with high energy consumption can also receive subsidies to cover their CO2 tax if energy efficiency is improved via an agreement between the company and the Energy Agency.
At the state level too work is underway to reduce energy consumption. A circular has been issued which obliges state institutions for example to make energy-efficient purchases and to disclose their energy consumption. Moreover, in every ministry an energy management officer has been appointed. The aim is to work out a combined objective for the development of energy and water consumption in both the short and long term for the entire governmental sector.