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Danish PM promises EU push for energy efficiency

Denmark to ‘work for a greener Europe’ while it has EU presidency

Denmark’s Prime MInister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has promised to push energy efficiency initiatives while the Danes are running the EU.

She said: “It’s good for Europe, it’s good for European technologies and it’s good for European jobs. Even though we have a crisis now, we have to focus on greener technology, energy efficiency. This is good for the environment, it’s good for the climate and it’s also good for the energy security that so many of our member states are concerned about.”

She continued: “We will work for a greener Europe. The EU has developed an ambitious policy of energy and climate issues. We are leader on the global stage but to maintain our position and encourage others we need new initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency and renewable energy,” she said.

“More than 20 million jobs are linked to the environment in one way or another. There is a huge potential here but we face a real risk that high-tech research and knowledge-intensive jobs will move out of Europe to more attractive regions. The Danish Presidency will work hard to ensure that a sense of green research and green jobs stays in Europe in the future.”

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