What is Climate Tour: Denmark 2015?
- A powerful experience with 14 leaders from Maine traveling together for a week in Denmark, Aug 30-Sept 6, 2015.
- The leadership group represents a variety of sectors and perspectives.
- All in the group share a vision of prosperity, community resilience and sustainability for Maine.
- Visited local and regional energy projects across Denmark:
- Wind turbines on land and offshore (fixed in shallow waters).
- Straw bale biomass district heating plants.
- Anaerobic digestion of food waste and manure (producing biogas— methane for fuel).
- Thermal solar (hot water for district heating).
- Spoke with communities that are self-reliant, taking charge of their own future.
- Met Danes who are innovative problem solvers.
- Learned how they’ve reduced fossil fuel use by over 1/3 since the 1970s, based on state fossil fuel reduction targets and local energy efficiency, wind, biomass and solar.
- Learned that between 1980 and 2008 energy consumption remained the same while the gross domestic product increased 80%.
Download the full report from the delegation’s tour:
Maine Delegation to Denmark in front of pilot residential PV solar project
Sheep ‘mow’ the field around solar thermal panels that provide hot water for a village in Denmark