COPENHAGEN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Sino-Danish cooperation in promoting environmental protection and green growth in China and Denmark has been fruitful in recent years and is promising in the years to come.
Strengthening cooperation in these areas is at the forefront of issues to be discussed by leaders of both countries, which share goals for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and boosting the share of renewable power in their economies.
Cooperation was launched in earnest on Jan. 12, 1996, when the Chinese and Danish governments signed an agreement on environmental protection, which has since formed the base for their common efforts in this field.
Joining hands in renewable energy has been a key area in Sino-Danish green growth cooperation as Denmark has been a world leader in raising economic output while maintaining low-levels of energy consumption.
Denmark, which was highly dependent on imported oil in the early 1970s, began to invest in the renewable power sector and take energy efficiency measures after being hurt by the oil crisis that broke out in the same decade.
Over the past forty years, Denmark has doubled the size of gross domestic product while total energy consumption has remained almost unchanged. The share of renewable energy in its total energy consumption has risen to nearly 20 percent, with wind power contributing 25 percent of its generated electric power.
The Scandian country installed and vigorously promoted wind-power capacity in the 1990s.