Denmark Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Mr Dan Jorgensen
By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Kingdom of Denmark and the Federal government have agreed to strengthen collaboration towards ensuring the success of green energy transition in Nigeria.
The Denmark Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Mr Dan Jorgensen, made this known in an interview with newsmen, shortly after a meeting with the Vice President Kashim Shettima.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
He said Nigeria had a huge potential in solar energy which was very cheaper and reliable.
” So I will say that we need to do this for the climate yes but even if there is no such climate change, still this will be the sensible thing to do for economic reasons.
” And to make sure that as many people as possible have access to clean affordable energy.
Because in my opinion it is human rights that you can have electricity or energy in your home.
Jorgensen, who commended the bold step taken by the President Bola Tinubu’s administration to reposition Nigeria, said there was a great opportunity for a collaboration between the two countries.
” There is no doubt that Nigeria has embarked on a very ambitious traveled.
The new administration has put forward some very bold and visionary plans for the future.
” And I think there is a great opportunity for a collaboration between Denmark and Nigeria.
”We are all ready, collaborating and we are already friends but we can work even closer together, especially on the success of green transition.
” We all know we need to do more to fight climate change certainly that is obvious in Africa and Nigeria climate change is already evident.
But it will be even more so in the future.
The minister said that Denmark had changed its energy system from the Oil, Gas and Coal to using renewables and deployment of energy efficiency measures.
According to him, Denmark is a country with lots of experience in the renewable energy system.
” We have changed our energy system so that we move away from the Oil and Gas and coal and instead use renewables and deploying energy efficiency measures.
” When we started our energy transition in Denmark, we didn’t do it because of climate change or even the environment because that was back in the 1970s, it was not on the agenda then.
” We did it for another reason, we wanted to become independent.
We wanted to make the most rational decision from the economic standpoint.
” What has shown in Denmark obviously is different from country to country but we can differently share our own experience.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi