Kamstrup and Denmark’s
green push

At a time when governments and utilities around the world are trying to create a path to a greener future, there are some lessons to be learnt from the nation that’s long fought for the crown as the green pioneer

There was a time, not so long ago, when canaries were used as an early warning system to alert miners of unsafe conditions. An analogy can be made with the way that countries like Denmark have made bold and brave decisions to be amongst the first movers to embrace and drive the development of sustainable energy technologies. 

Over the years, that pioneering spirit has alerted other countries to new and more efficient ways of operating – paving the way for greener and more sustainable business models. And thus, preparing them for the dangers ahead, the risks of staying idle and providing lessons to take heed of. 
In recent times, however, there has been speculations that the shine has come off Denmark’s reputation as a global green leader. So, at Kamstrup, we were particularly happy to see any notion of that sort dispelled when the Danish government announced in April this year that it’s launching an ambitious and comprehensive new energy initiative that will see more than half of the country’s energy needs met by renewable energy by 2030. Simultaneously, the initiative will also concentrate on energy efficiency, which will be help ensure Denmark the front-runner position in the future.

In the initiative, which aims to make energy in Denmark both greener and cheaper,

digitalisation was singled out as being crucial to the future of the global energy system. 

That’s something we’ve come to be widely regarded as world-leading in at Kamstrup. We’ve seen first-hand and played a role in demonstrating just how much energy and money can be saved through digitalisation – and, importantly, knowing what to do with the data smart meters produce. 

The Confederation of Danish Industry estimates that digitalisation has the potential to save 10 billion Danish kroner a year across the nation’s water and heat supply. Given the population of Denmark is less than six million, the potential savings can rise exponentially in larger markets, Kamstrup CEO Kim Lehmann explains.

Digitalisation on the agenda

At a recent event featuring the Danish Minister of Business, Kim Lehmann took part in a panel discussion with other leading clean technology companies to debate the effects of digitalisation on the energy sector. 

Kamstrup and the clean tech elite

“Working together with other leaders in the field has the potential to achieve great results across Europe and around the world. Kamstrup looks forward to continuing to participate in alliances and collaborating in ways that maximise the potential our solutions have to affect positive change through energy efficient, sustainable solutions,” Kim explains. 

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals contribute to realising the potential and bringing sustainable solutions to a higher level. Along with many other companies, Kamstrup is a strong advocate of the SDG’s and sees them as an opportunity to create business together and improve the conditions for building sustainable societies around the world. The two main goals that Kamstrup focuses heavily on is number six and seven which refer to clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy, respectively. 
Intelligent water metering solutions are already helping to save significant amounts of water all around the world – something that’s of particular importance in drought-stricken areas like those in parts of Africa. 

Reflecting on the challenges ahead for utilities and governments, Kim offers: “Whether it’s for electricity, heat or water metering, the potential to use data to provide insight into the network and thereby reduce waste and increase efficiency is enormous. The technology to make it happen is already here. The lessons we’ve learnt at Kamstrup from decades of investment in research and development have made it possible to get on the path to a greener future, today. After years of being the canaries down the mine, we’ve perfected the solutions required to run sustainable and future-proofed operations.”