Haldor Topsoe signs MoU with the Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk

Russia is Denmark’s 13th largest export market and is expecting to grow 50% by 2016. Denmark has in that respect for some time now had focus on the oil rich region Khanty-Mansiysk where more than 50% of all Russia’s oil refinery is taking place. The closer cooperation between Denmark and oil rich region Khanty-Mansiysk benefits Danish companies working in the Oil and Gas sector. During oil refining in the region huge amounts of gas is spilled through to flaring. The Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Natalia Vladmirovna Komarova has during her visit to Denmark in June 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Danish company Haldor Topsoe which will have a huge impact on the development in the region.



Haldor Topsoe can with known technology change otherwise spilled gas into gasoline. From remote areas such as Siberia the gas which comes together with the oil refining is too expensive to transport and is therefore burned in flaring. With the new gas to gasoline plant the extra gas can be transformed into gasoline and is therefore a lot easier for local consumers to use or transport to other areas a lot cheaper. Since 2009 the gas price has lowered which has made it much more economically attractive to transform the gas into gasoline. Today the amount of gas spilled in flaring is as much as 1/3 of Europe annual energy use. About 40% of the world’s gas flaring comes from Russia. According to Haldor Topsoe it will cost about 0.5 -1 billion DKK ($90 – 180 million) to build the gas to gasoline plant, and about 20 million DKK ($3.6 million) to operate the plant each year.

The programme for the Governor and her delegation included business visits with Danfoss, Per Aarsleff and Haldor Topsoe. Memorandums of Understandings concerning future business projects were signed between the Khanty-Mansiysk city representation and Logstor, DBDH and Haldor Topsoe.


From Four Wheels to Two Wheels


Russian politicians make new policy and initiatives to improve the bike safety in Moscow with a new amendment to the traffic code that went into force Wednesday August 7, 2013.  The new rules are meant to improve the safety of the cyclists who take the bike through the streets of an otherwise car loving Moscow. With the implementation of the new safety rules Moscow takes a step in the right direction of improving cyclist’s safety as according to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

Four kinds of traffic zones have been established specifically for cyclists: pedestrian paths, bicycle-pedestrian paths, bicycle paths and bicycle lanes, which will also allow mopeds. The first three pathways are all physically separated from car traffic. The new zones will be accompanied by 15 new types of road signs and three new road surface markings.

The new initiative is just one in a series of initiatives to make Moscow a more bicycle friendly and environmentally pleasant city. In June the city started a bike-share program with over 50 docking stations. Furthermore in May 2012 the Mayor of Moscow recruited the Danish urban planning guru Jan Gehl and his team of experts to complete a Public Space-Public Life study of the city center. Gehl is often referred to as the "bicycle advocate" and the "protector of the pedestrian," which points to a new pattern in the future plans of Moscow.

The new rules are not only intended to secure safety for the cyclists, but hopefully they will also make more Russians choose the bike instead of the car and thereby decrease the car traffic problems and pollution of the city.


Denmark Sets Ambitious Energy Targets

In March 2012 the Danish Parliament agreed upon a new and ambitious energy plan. With 95% of the Danish Parliament members voting for the plan, Denmark sends a clear signal – the goal is to reduce energy consumption and convert the regular energy production into renewable energy production.

The Danish agreement contains a wide range of ambitious initiatives and makes the overall target of 100% renewable energy in the entire energy supply sectors by 2050 a more realistic goal. The headlines for the results in 2020 are that 35% of the Danish energy consumption should come from renewable energy, approximately 50% of electricity consumption is to be supplied by wind power, a reduction of 7.6% in gross energy consumption compared with 2010 and a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in relation to 1990. If the overall goals of electrifying the energy consumption and expanding the supply of renewables are to be fulfilled a multiple of energy sectors have to be included in the process.

Denmark has a long tradition of using district heating as one of the main heating sources. After the oil crisis in 1973 Denmark was in need of new sources of energy to make the country less dependent in oil. First Heat Supply Act on District Heating (1979) introduces supply zones all over Denmark with the aim of raising DH to 60% in 2000 and to cover 15% of the heat market with direct supply of natural gas. In 1990 a new policy intended to convert the district heating plants (DH) into combined heat and electricity plants (CHP) and to switch the fuel from regular sources as oil and coal into natural gas and biomass. Today one in three CHP and DH plants use environmental friendly fuels and two thirds of the 665 CHP plants combine heat and electricity production.

A report from The Danish Energy Agency investigates the effect of District Heating as the ultimate source of heating in the Danish households. 62% of all Danish houses are heated with DH heating which results in 17% of the Danish energy demand strains from DH.

The use of DH as a main heat source is advantageous in more than one way. Firstly it is beneficial for the consumer price on heat. 99.9% of all district heating consumers pay less for their heat compared to heat from household-based oil stoves. Compared to the cost of heat from an individual natural gas boiler, 94.8% of DH customers pay less (year 2012). The DH consumer price averages is 1.832 Euro (18.1MWh/year) which is about 4% of a regular household income. Secondly the economy of the DH companies is positive with the price of heat as a true cost with no local subsides. Furthermore the producers forward the heating bills directly to the consumers and not through a local government. Thirdly the CO2 shadow price is low compared with other means of heat production. Due to the nature of HD production it is also a very environmental sound way of heat production.

With the Danish energy plan from 2012 the Danish politicians make incentives to develop the use of HD and CHP even further. By 2030 coal should be phased out from Danish power plants and substituted with more renewable energy sources and by 2035 renewable energy should constitute 100% of all electricity and heating.

Read more about the Danish Energy Plan 

Read more about DH og CHP plants in Denmark


Danish seminar on biogas, bio-energy and environment in St. Petersburg

The Danish Minister for Environment is to visit St. Petersburg in September this year to participate in a seminar on biogas, bio-energy and environmental issues. In recent years the Russian market has become a very interesting market for many of the companies working with food, bio-energy and environmental technologies; therefore this seminar will be a good opportunity to provide information about how these high technological measurements can be implemented on the Russian market.

One of the leading figures on this subject is the Danish expert Henning Lyngsø Bailiff, who will speak the seminar. He has great knowledge of the opportunities and challenges on these matters and has a thorough knowledge of the situation in the former Eastern European countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. He also worked on the project Baltic COMPACT, which focuses on the problem of leaching of nutrients into the Baltic Sea.

For more information on bio-energy, biogas and environment, please click on the following links (in Russian): Livestock Manure to Energy and Straw to Energy


Green Danish wave washes over Murmansk

A successful sector visit with DBDH, the Danish board of District Heating has generated positive publicity in regional Russian media.

During a recent conference in Murmansk DBDH together with Ambassador Tom Risdahl Jensen, Consul General Klaus Sørensen, and commercial adviser Julia Mitusova, a promotion of Danish expertise on district heating was a great success. Previously Denmark has worked with sustainable development of district heating for over 40 years. This has resulted in a lot of experience and knowledge in an area that otherwise seems to be related to many challenges in general. Two cities in the northern part of Russia Murmansk and Arkhangelsk has traditionally had a greater heat loss than other regions and thus a limited efficiency of district heating systems, as a result of the more harsh climate that exists in these parts of the country.

For this reason there has been a breeding ground for a greater exchange of knowledge between Danish and Russian companies and policy makers. DBDH's conference ended successfully with great interest and commitment from a number of Danish and Russian companies in addition to the local and regional press.

Please see the following selected articles with video: (In Russian)




Do you want to have access to large infrastructural projects in Russia?

The Russian road market is one of the most untouched markets by foreigners. Yet it is one which has an almost indefinite potential. At present the Russian road infrastructure is at a very poor level, as a result, road projects are being planned for, and initiated on an almost monthly basis.

It is therefore with great pleasure we are informing you about an exceptional opportunity to participate in large scaled project within Road construction. Most recent BRIC-investment strategies have paved the way for a new venture in the Russian road market. The Russian government has just passed legislation of regional expansion of road infrastructure for a value of more than $ 420 m. Most recent developments in Sochi of the Winter Olympics 2014 and the coming football World Cup in 2018 are very strong illustrations infrastructural growth. As you probably know Russia and Russian companies prefer to get solutions instead of single products. The alliances, having solutions, instead of products, can be easier qualified for the projects.

Hereby TC Russia invites you to be one among 3-6 other Danish companies, supplying complementary products. Your company will have the opportunity to participate in the 15 months project, which aim is to make the first sales within this period or straight after. By participating in the alliance we will assist your company in developing the market and getting access to potential partners with the aim to be the qualified player on the Russian market. We will provide you with an industry expert in the road infrastructure, who will act as project manager and sales support to your products and services.

You can read more here.


Baltika CEO, Isaac Sheps gets awarded the Royal award of Export in St. Petersburg by HRH Frederik the Crown Prince

Isaac Sheps, a director of Carlsberg Group Russian subsidiary, Baltika Breweries has done an extraordinary job in promoting the Danish origins of Carlsberg, and thereby contributing greatly to succeeding the single largest Danish investment in Russia. As such, on the 29th of May, Mr. Isaac Sheps was awarded the diploma of the Trade Council and the Royal Honorary award of HRH Henrik, the Prince Consort of Denmark.

During the latest years, Mr. Isaac Sheps, who acts as a Chief Executive Officer for Baltika Breweries and as a Senior Vice President for Carlsberg in Eastern Europe, established a market position of Carlsberg in Russia to such an extent, that the market share soared onto an almost 40% in 2012 – A trend which, to a large degree, is a result of the CEOs primary focus on quality, leadership and execution.

Mr. Sheps has been with Carlsberg for many years, and in that received great appraise already. In 2008 he was appointed the CEO of Carlsberg in the UK, where he also had great success in a business turn-around. He was able to triple the revenue figures as well as increasing the market share from 13 to more than 15 per cent, albeit in a market which was in a decline.

“Throughout his career, Isaac Sheps has done a great effort to promote the Danish origins of Carlsberg, as during the visit of HRH Mary, the Crown Princess of Denmark in St. Petersburg in the fall of 2012. He has been able to strengthen the Russian business, and presently speaking, Baltika has a market share of more than 70% of the Russian beer export.” Quoting the Consulate General in St. Petersburg Klaus Sørensen, who originally nominated Mr. Sheps for the award.


Unique opportunity to develop sales in Russia

The Trade Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new program called Regional sales manager, designed to give Danish export companies external sales support. The program offers Danish companies a flexible way to start business, enabling the company to focus on its core business while at the same time drawing on the Trade Council’s extensive business network and experience from the Russian market.


For more information, please click here.


AAC Manufacturer announced modernization

The Danish company H+H will within a few years be upgrading its plant in the Leningrad region, which will increase its output by 25%. The company will invest 200 million rubles in the purchase of new equipment and the expansion of industrial areas. The company may well increase its market share in the North-West region of Russia, experts say.

The Danish company H+H 2015 intends to upgrade its largest plant in Europe for the production of products made of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC). The company’s capacity amounts to 400 thousand cubic meters. In the village Kikerino (Volosovsky district of Leningrad region) was launched in spring 2009. The company's modernization involves the installation of additional equipment, and the expansion of production capacity of the enterprise. The volume of investments provided for this purpose, is estimated at € 5 million. The modernisation will increase output at the plant by 25%. Last year the company produced 300 thousand cubic meters of AAC.

The company explains that the decision to modernise the plant is dictated by the market. "The construction market shows a positive trend, and we have to adapt to these trends and produce more products," - said the source in H + H.  An analyst from “Investkafe” Andrew Schenck agrees that the demand for autoclaved aerated concrete is growing steadily. "In Russia’s Northwest region the construction sector showed a growth of slightly above average - 13-14 percent. I think it was two digit growth dynamics of the sector and attracted by the amount of investment in the production of building materials, which we see," - says Mr. Schenk.

H+H make up 30% of the total production of AAC in the North-West region in Russia

For further reading, please click here


Government officials in have been ordered to save on electricity and water

The executive branch in St. Petersburg has been ordered to reduce power consumption by 10 percent

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko has signed a decree, in which the executive authorities and their subordinate structures by 2014 should reduce their energy consumption by 10% compared to what they consumed at the beginning of 2013. According to experts, this can be done by turning off every tenth bulb and battery, or by using about 2 trillion rubles on energy saving measures.

According to Georgy Poltavchenko’s decree, all executive agencies and their subordinate agencies work to reduce energy consumption and reduce it by 10% at the beginning of next year. This is quite an ambitious task, since the power consumption of all budgetary organizations has grown steadily since 2010, when the Federal Law N 261 on energy efficiency came into force. The consumption of electricity during this period grew by 3.5% - to 483 million kWh, or around 1.6 billion rubles.

The most important thing about the governor's initiative will now be to find funding in the budget for the energy savings of 10%, unless of course the authorities prefer to turn off every tenth bulb and battery.

For further reading: http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2171483 




The Trade and Investment Minister of Denmark Visits St. Petersburg

The 5th of April, the Trade and Investment Minister of Denmark, Pia Olsen Dyhr participated in the environmental top-conference “Baltic Sea Forum” in St. Petersburg. The conference was frequented by representatives from NGO’s and Ministers from the countries with interest in the Baltic Sea region. The presence of the Danish Minister in St. Petersburg was shown a great matter of interest by the local media, and the role in which Denmark should act upon sustainability in the future, was clearly projected.

During the conference, the subsidiary of Carlsberg Group, the Baltika brewery was also in focus. This is emphasized primarily due to the decision of initiating prospective sustainable projects for an investment of DKK 170 m. “This is one of the best cases of public-private partnerships, which will help solve environmental problems, develop the water supply and the agriculture in Russia” the Minister said. Based on reasonable assumptions, about 75% of the surface water and 50% of the country’s water reserves is contaminated. In the water ecosystem, only 8% of the Russian waste water can be recycled after processing. These are some of the issues Carlsberg Group wants to address.

The progressive role of Denmark in the commitment of its current presidency in the Helsinki-Commission (HELCOM) has also been an object of interest. Pia Olsen Dyhr reminded of the next top-level meeting for the members of the commission, which is to take place in Copenhagen this fall. Here the main themes would revolve around the Baltic Sea issues of overfishing, containment from agriculture, unprocessed waste water and water supply is but some of the main topics to be put on the agenda.
During the Baltic Sea Forum, Denmark has committed to reducing agricultural waste products in the Baltic Sea. Pia Olsen Dyhr clearly stated that Denmark was prepared to better the situation in the Baltic Sea significantly before the year of 2021.



New parking spaces are planned to be built in St. Petersburg

In May 21 – 30 2010 the Royal Danish Consulate General in St. Petersburg made an exhibition in the city called “Dreams on Wheels” to promote the benefits of cycling in Russia. The exhibition offered solutions to the problems big cities are facing with infrastructure and space for the growing population, the city’s ecology and environment, as well as people’s health.

The seeds the consulate planted in 2010 are now beginning to sprout. On May 20th, The governor of St. Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, asked for the making of a programme for future parking facilities for bicycles around the city’s schools, universities and hospitals. This can be the beginning of a new biking era in St. Petersburg, where new roads and bridges for biking will follow. According to the Russian newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta there are already 1.5 million owners of bicycles in the city. And the city government have already planned to build 200 kilometres of roads for biking by 2015, although this plan had some setbacks, the new programme for future parking spaces could be seen as a move back on the green track.


Eco Days in St. Petersburg


Saturday the 23rd of March the Danish Consul General in St. Petersburg, Klaus Sørensen, participated in the environmental and ecological fair “Eco Days”. This is the second time the festival is being held. The first time was in November 2012 in the shopping centre "Galereya."

Head of the organizing committee of the festival and the St. Petersburg branch of the newspaper Green City, Alex Sapronov, prepared and organized the forum on alternative energy, waste management, development of cycling and green buildings. The Eco Days fair was also attended by the Foundation for Environmental Projects "Green Carnation", vegan attic Lemonade, Movement "Green Century" Centre "Vita", Barrister INFO.

Special guests of the festival included representatives of St. Petersburg Ecological Union, the Youth Board of the Governor of St. Petersburg. The Danish delegation presented the projects “Green Capacity” and “The CO2 Green Drive Project” and Klaus Sørensen gave several interviews to the local TV station, 100TV and the Technological magazine concerning eco tendencies in the entrepreneurial sector.


The Danish district heating predicts new export adventure

A tripling of exports for 15 billion kroner.

The Danish technology within the district heating are in high demand on both Chinese and Russian markets - it can therefore become Denmark's new export adventure, says new report.

The report "Central Heating Industry 2012" by the Danish district heating industry shows that the industry can look forward to a profitable export adventure in countries such as Russia and China the next year.

The report predicts glorious days in the industry with a tripling of exports towards 2020.

- And here district heating plays an important role because it can help ensure efficient use of energy. If you switch to using combined heat and power plant, you only use half the energy on the same heat, explains Lars Hummelmose, director of district heating industry trade association, DBDH.

The Danes are the most effective

And precisely Danish efficiency is the very reason that the Russians and the Chinese choose to choose technology from Denmark, rather than to build, and develop systems themself, says Lars Hummelmose.

- The Danish system is highly IT-driven, where we have different units of measurement around the system. In this way we can both optimize our production and at the same time we have a very small loss in the distribution system. And that is what the they get when they’re buying the Danish system.

Despite the economic crisis the district heating industry in Denmark have experienced an increase in exports by 30% since 2007 - and this development will continue, states the new report.

4000 new jobs

According to the report, exports exports to Russia and the former Soviet states will increase by 3.3 billion over the period. It will provide around 4000 new job, half of which will be in Russia and China.

- Denmark is an international leader in district heating and cooling. Danish companies have huge success on the international markets because they can deliver comprehensive solutions that are energy efficient and thus saves both CO2 emissions and costs for fuel, says Lars Hummelmose.

It goes particularly well with exports to Russia and China, as the technology to utilize waste heat from the second production to reduce consumption of especially coal, is in high demand. And it can only be done by district heating, according to DBDH.


Denmark Digest has made a special edition on water

The Danish newsletter Denmark Digest have made a special edition on water in whitch it offers background information on the many challenges related to water. furthermore the newsletter provides information on Danish technologies and experience in meeting those challenges in Denmark and around the world.

Read the newspaper by clicking here.


Green Business Growth - a way to economic growth in the Russian regions

Green Business Growth is a public-private co-operation between three municipalities and fourteen private partners, covering businesses within production, consultancy, entrepreneurship, finance and education. The aim of Green Business Growth is to create 300 new jobs within energy efficiency in buildings by increasing the demand and strengthen the supply in the region of Southern Denmark. The overall focus is SMEs; increasing their resource efficiency through education, supporting them with innovative business models, PR and untraditional partnerships providing them with tools to meet the demand of a greener and more competitive business approach. The means to meet the aim of 300 new jobs come through an innovative focus on locally based projects. The projects are tested and refined and finally determined into concepts readily adopted by other cities, municipalities or business.

Within the first year and a half an analysis has shown 90 new jobs created by Green Business Growth in the smaller municipalities of Kolding and Middelfart. The next step is up-scaling and visibility of the most successful models. Preliminary steps have already been taken through projects in Odense municipality, which is the latest and largest newcomer to join Green Business Growth and which will bring greater volume to up-coming projects.

Green Business Growth gathers best practice examples throughout Southern Denmark, but the concepts are not geographically limited. The ambitious goal of 3 million Green jobs in EU by 2020 related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, we believe, can be met by adopting whole or partial concepts tested and developed by Green Business Growth. The corner stone of success is the close, locally based – nationally oriented, public-private partnership, the project and PR support of SME’s and the nudging of end users. On that basis Green Business Growth are also looking for opportunities to extend the project to Russian regions and municipalities. 

An English version presentation video is available at www.groenerhvervsvaekst.dk (only Danish) or follow the deep link:
http://www.groenerhvervsvaekst.dk/om-gron-erhvervsvaekst/vores-infofilm (Danish and English version available)
or directly at youtube http://youtu.be/1tXDyPRr0RM (Danish version)
http://youtu.be/Jj3RRSWpcVU (English version)




Most recently the members of the Energy & Environment Club had a meeting at the Danish Embassy in Moscow. The primary focus of this meeting has been to expose the members of the club to new, and exciting oppotunities we have planned. Projects such as "Low Hanging Fruits" was among the most prominent. 

Initated by the Green Capacity collaborated establishment, we have collected 5 projects in 5 different cities, to set a benchmark for financially rewarding and sustainable programs. On the agenda was also the upcoming visit to Denmark from the governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk region. The governor is scheduled to visit Denmark during april, however the final dates are yet to be announced.

For more information on the events in the Energy & Environment Club in 2013, please click here.


Become a member of the E&E club and be part of unique business opportunities in Russia

This February we launched one of our quarterly newsletters for the Energy and Environment Club. It contains all the useful information about the latest development on the Russian market concerning Energy & Environment.

If you would like to get the most up to date information on Green Capacity's projects, and get first-hand business opportunities in Russia, click here

By becoming a member of the Energy & Environment Club you will get invitations for specific opportunities for your industrial sector, you will get the opportunity to meet local decision makers and you will be provided with a growing network of energy-based enterprices.

Join the Energy & Environment Club by contacting Kamila Gimadutsanova either directly by phone: + 7 (812) 703 3900 or by e-mail: kamgim@um.dk.


Check out the latest edition of the Green City newspaper

The latest edition of the Green City newspaper has just been launched!

In this edition you can read about the latest news about ecology in Russia.
Among the features in the newspaper is an exclusive interview with Artemy Troitsky.
The newspaper also contains information on upcoming projects.

Read the newspaper by clicking here (in Russian)

The Russian company “StroiInvest-Energia” has together with the Far Eastern Development fund, signed a contract for the reconstruction and modification of two windmills in Chukotka. The company located in the special economic zone of ”Beringovskiy” in Chukotka and planning to replace the old windmills with the more effective and secure – Vestas V27 models. The total investment value will be around RUB 43 million.

More information available here (in Russian)