Go Green Europe: study visit in Esbjerg

Wednesday 18 May 2011

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gogreenWithin the Project Go Green Europe (Progress Programme of the European Union), CESIE has participated, with two Sicilian businessmen, and with English, Spanish and Danish partners, to the study-visit that took place in Denmark, in Esbjerg from April 13 to 15.

During our visit, they showed us different “good practices” related to Energy saving, recycling, alternative resources, especially focusing on wind energy and separated waste collection. These policies and “green” practices will be spread and proposed again in different contexts to all the participants of the visit.

During the first day, Thomas Jensen, EU Advisor at South Denmark European Office in Brussels, presented the program of the two days and he introduced the following workshops:

1. Collaboration between private and public sector promoting environmental policies – Torben Kjær Andersen, Head of Industry-Environment Unit, Municipality of Esbjerg (www.milsyd.dk)

2. Youth Involvement in issues concerning Climate Change- Trine Thomsen, student of the University of Southern Denmark and member of the Climate Working Group of The Danish Guide and of the Scout Association.

3. Example of a Hotel chain aware of the energy saving: Scandic Olympic Esbjerg Hotel, Heidi Kjær, General manager Scandic Olympic Esbjerg. (www.scandichotels.com/olympicesbjerg)

In the afternoon, the study-visit went on at the Esbjerg Municipal Centre of Sewage Water Works, that enacts energy saving policies and reuses the energy produced during the water purification process. During the visit, the group has been led by Flemming Andersen, Waste Water Manager.

Afterwards, the group went to the Island of Fano, where it had the opportunity of visiting different realities both private and public, aware of environmental respect (www.fanoe.dk).


1. Medical Centre of Fano, where the use of energy saving light bulbs significantly reduced costs.

2. The centre of waste management in the Municipality of Fano.

3. Example of “Green Shop”: Fano Tourism Office that developed Energy saving solutions.

During the second day, the group visited the Arovit cattle feeding factory, where the Production Manager, Claus Bundgaard Petersen, showed some actual and future strategies addressed to energy saving, then he accompanied the team in a walk within the productive process system (www.arovit.dk).

In the late morning, the visit went on at the Danish Company Ramboll, where Eva Himmelstrup Dahl, Senior Project Manager, explained how it is simple to introduce environment “good practices” in economy sectors totally different, from building to clothing ones (www.ramboll.dk).

The following step of the study-visit included a meeting with Søren Rask Jessen, Forester, Danish Nature Agency, in the Wildlife and Nature Reserve Wadden Sea, about how to achieve jointly economic development and natural environment conservation (www.naturstyrelsen.dk).

In the afternoon, the last study-visit was led at Legolan Park, nearby Billund where Torben Henrichsen explained how saving and maintenance procedures of the present attraction are made respecting the environment (www.legoland.dk).

The project Go Green Europe involves representatives of public and private sectors, as well as no-profit ones. For any other information, please contact Alessandro Melillo: alessandro.melillo@cesie.org

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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