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Denmark is a frontrunner in Europe when it comes to green innovation, fuelled by ambitious goals on tackling climate change and by recognising the important role of IP, as Sidsel Hauge and Mikkel Roed Trier of AWA explain.
“Green” energy has been a top priority in Denmark for decades. The government has set ambitious goals which mean that 50% of electricity in Denmark is now supplied by wind and solar power, and it aims to have the country’s electricity system completely independent of fossil fuels by 2030.
A thriving culture centred on green innovation has emerged in Denmark, not only in energy, but also hardware and software innovation related to green products or processes, pollution prevention, waste recycling, green product designs and corporate environmental management.
Playing a defining role in this green innovation culture is the country’s recognition of IP rights and, in particular, patents.
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