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Turkish VIP delegation exploring smart and sustainable urban development in Denmark

02.11.2018  14:56

The VIP delegation consisted of high-level politicians and expert decision-makers, including Mr. Abdullah Tancan, Deputy Minister for Energy and Natural Resorces, Ms Çiğdem Karaaslan, Vice Chairperson of AK Party & Head of Division for Environment, Urban and Culture, Mr. Nevzat Ceylan, MP; Deputy Head of Division for Environment, Urban and Culture at AK Party, Mr. Mustafa Kenan Yılmaz, Deputy Head of Division for Environment, Urban and Culture at AK Party and Mr. Mehmet Ergün Turan, President of the Housing Development Administration (TOKİ). Additionally, the Turkish Ambassador to Denmark, Mr. Kenan İpek participated in parts of the programme. The Trade Council of Denmark in Turkey and the Danish Consulate General organised the study trip and were supported by the Royal Danish Embassy.

The VIP-delegation attended a three-day programme in Denmark that consisted of meetings with and site visits at relevant public and private stakeholders. During the first day, the delegation visited the Danish pioneer and industrial giant in district heating and cooling solutions, Danfoss, with more than 27,000 employees spread over more than 100 countries. Jørgen Mads Clausen, the chairman of the board of directors at Danfoss, welcomed the delegation with a presentation of the Danfoss DNA. Mr. Clausen pointed out the potential of of the significant geothermal sources in Turkey, and additionally emphasized long-term plans of Danfoss on the Turkish market. Furthermore, the delegation visited Graasten District Heating with the world’s largest combined thermal solar heating and absorption heat pump plant that reduces the district’s current CO2-emissions by more than 90%.


Furthermore, the delegation visited the Municipality of Copenhagen to learn about the transformation of Copenhagen during the last 25 years going from bankrupt to prosperous capital. The delegation learned about the “Co-Create Copenhagen” initiative, the 2025 vision to make Copenhagen a sustainable city. Next stop was the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) where the delegation received input on the combination of architecture, design and urban culture in Denmark. The visit emphasised how the challenges of global urbanisation and climate change requires new ways of collaboration between architecture, engineering, design thinking, construction & technology, between research and practice and between start-ups and corporates.

Another important destination of the study trip was the new Nordhavn Urban Regeneration Project. “Nordhavn as Scandinavia's largest urban development project will become home for 40,000 residents and 40,000 jobs contributing to Copenhagen's overall goal of being CO2 neutral by 2025”, stated by Chief Architect Rita Justesen from City & Harbour. At Nordhavn, the delegation visited the Nordhavn EnergyLab that utilises the area as a full-scale smart city energy lab. The EnergyLab demonstrates how electricity and heating, energy efficient buildings and electric transport can be integrated into an intelligent, flexible and optimised energy system. Finally, the programme ended with a lively roundtable discussion on best practices on smart and sustainable cities with participants from Danfoss, Ramboll, State of Green, the Municipality of Copenhagen, City and Harbour and the Danish Energy Agency.

The aforementioned combination of visits highlighted the possibilities and challenges included in a sustainable transformation. This visit is part of Turkey’s efforts to decrease its dependency on energy imports. Both Turkish and Danish counterparts have regarded the visit as a success and are looking forward to future the cooperation.

In case of related questions, please contact Anette Galskjøt (anegal@um.dk), Seda Kayrak Bilgen (sedkay@um.dk) or Dennis Holte Skov-Albertsen (denalb@um.dk).