Torben Esbensen, DEM-ESB – appointed Fellow in the International Solar Energy Society ISES

At the recently held Solar World Congress in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Torben was appointed Fellow, as a recognition of his long-standing efforts to promote solar energy.

It is only the third time in the Solar Energy Society’s 50-year history, that a Fellow is appointed.

The aims of awarding the category of ISES Fellow are:

  • To recognise people who have given many years of distinguished service to ISES and have advanced the use of solar and renewable energy through research, education, communication and deployment
  • To provide inspiration and mentoring to Young ISES members
  • To establish a pool of experienced solar and renewable energy experts to ensure that their knowledge and expertise can benefit ISES in various ways.

Torben has previously been honored for his work on renewable energy and energy-efficient construction. In 1995 he received the European Solar Energy Prize in Vienna, in 2003 he became the first recipient of the OECD International Energy Agency’s Solar Energy Prize, and in 2013 he received the Passive House Pioneer Award in Frankfurt.

BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show 2017

Our Market Maker Kirsten Mariager has been invited to present at the BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show 2017.
This is NYC’s premier event for professionals and practitioners working to build a more sustainable world.
It brings more than 600 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and network with each other.

This year’s event will be held at the TKP New York Conference Center.
 

Kirsten Mariager will be speaking at the session “Building Products of the Future: Where Are We Heading?” on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT). 

DEM-ESB will develop an on-line database of energy initiatives in Africa.

Investments in the energy sector are being prioritized as a precondition to sustainable development by many African governments, regional organizations as well as the international donor community.

As a result, numerous initiatives have been started with the common goal of bolstering and supporting the continent in reaching a sustainable energy future. This increasing number of initiatives also leads to a greater need for coordination. As a minimum, information about who is doing what must be available to highlight opportunities, synergies and overlap within Africa’s energy sector.

In 2016 a mapping of energy initiatives in Africa was undertaken in the context of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and presented officially at the AEEP Stakeholder Forum in Milan in May 2016. The mapping is available here.

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen will now update the information and complete the listing of multilateral initiatives with bilateral and country-specific initiatives. An online database will be established, such that the information be accessible to all interested parties by the end of 2017.

DEM-ESB publishes a Market Landscape Study of 15 countries in Africa

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen (DEM-ESB) was very pleased to be commissioned by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA), in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DfID), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), to undertake a market landscape study of the 15 countries in Southern and East Africa (S&EA) (Botswana, Burundi,  Kenya,  Lesotho,  Namibia,  Malawi, Mozambique,  Rwanda,  Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia and Zimbabwe) that have been identified for support under the next phase of the Energy and Environment Partnership programme (EEP). The purpose of this study is to develop a snapshot of the current status of energy access, opportunities in Southern and East Africa and to reposition the EEP-S&EA market niche and value proposition to meet the needs of the private sector.

Our report highlights that the barriers to improving energy access have not changed over recent years but that context in Africa is developing rapidly. There are some very successful and innovative business models that have taken off, addressing a segment of the market that would ordinarily be using kerosene and candles. In broad terms, access to finance continues to be the most significant barrier to reaching the SE4All 2030 target of universal energy access. There is an acceptance across the board that decentralised renewable systems are necessary to address the needs of the bottom-of-the-pyramid but governments are focusing on grid extension and the business case is weak for the private sector to deliver an affordable service without some form of subsidy.

For the full study, visit the Nordic Development Fund website:

https://www.ndf.fi/news/special-report-renewable-energy-market-landscape-study-southern-and-east-africa

Global Compact International Yearbook 2017

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen has the pleasure of being a part of the Global Compact International Yearbook 2017, showcasing best practice. Our contribution (p.94) highlights the way in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be aligned with company strategy, and used as a tool for business development.

Taking point of departure in the SDGs that are most closely related to our market area, we have integrated sustainable development goals, targets, and SMART indicators across all of our projects. This allows us to demonstrate the impact that our projects create towards achieving the SDGs. In addition, we track our impact in our newly developed online SDG system, which generates Impact Tracking Reports for internal and external distribution.

Global Compact International Yearbook 2017

DEM-ESB’s first annual Sustainability Report is hot off the presses!

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen has just released its annual Sustainability Report!
Readers of this year’s report get an insight not only into our internal company footprint, but can also take a look at how we are now measuring our impact in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Highlights from Our Footprint include a focus on employee work life balance, a measurement of the company’s carbon footprint, and an inside look at our Business Integrity Management system (BIMS).

Our Impact then reveals exactly how employees’ daily work contributes to meeting global sustainability goals. Key figures represented here illustrate SMART indicators which have been designed based on more than 20 years of company experience with monitoring and evaluation.

 

Sustainability Report 2015-2016

New milestone in Danish-Malaysian cooperation on energy efficiency in public buildings

The sister company of Danish Energy Management & Esbensen – “Danish Energy Efficiency Partners (DEEP)” completes retrofitting of its 3 out of planned 9 public buildings in the state of Melaka.

The milestone was reached and celebrated by a launching event in Melaka on January 16, 2017 in a collaboration with Melaka, when the Chief Minister of Melaka YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Haji Idris bin Haji Haron, federal ministry officials, DEEP and the Embassy, celebrated the completed retrofitting of the first three state-owned buildings with more than 35% saving of energy consumption.

The launching event also marked the launch of phase 2, which includes another six state buildings.

Danish Climate Investment Fund (managed by IFU – the Danish Investment Fund for developing countries) and Danish International Energy Management A/S are the shareholders of DEEP.

DEEP was established to take action – the concept is to provide complete solution for increased energy efficiency in the building sector.

Assessment of Finland’s Support to Rights and Status of Women and Girls

Ministry for foreign Affairs of Finland

Promotion of the rights and status of women and girls and social equality is a core theme of Finnish development policies and a priority. To this end, MFA Finland is planning to carry out an impact evaluation on Finland’s support on these issues.
For this upcoming impact evaluation, Danish Management has been commissioned to conduct an evaluability assessment.
We will gather background information on gender issues and synthesize gender related results from different evaluations.

The title of the assignment is “Impact Evaluability Assessment and Meta-Analysis on Finland’s Support to Rights and Status of Women and Girls and Gender Equality”.

Department of Energy (DOE), South Africa publishes draft Energy Efficiency Strategy for public consultation

The Department of Energy (DOE) in South Africa has on the 23rd of December, 2016 published the first draft of the energy efficiency strategy that was prepared by our consultants. Titled the “Post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy”, the document outlines a number of measures that can be introduced between 2015 – 2030 to overcome barriers and to achieve Energy Efficiency in key sectors within the economy. The strategy aims to contribute towards reducing the overall energy consumption by 29% by 2030 through the implementation of the suggest energy efficiency measure. Specific targets to be achieved by 2030 have also been suggested for each of the sectors – reduction of 15% in energy consumption within the industry and mining sector; 37% in the commercial and public sector; 33% in the residential sector; 39% in transport; 30% in agriculture; and for the economy as a whole a reduction of 29% by 2030 is envisaged. The strategy also recommends the introduction of various incentives and financing schemes that will encourage the uptake of Energy Efficiency by stakeholders within the key sectors, and the need for an enabling framework rooted in monitoring compliance, strong enforcement and periodic evaluation of progress.