COPENHAGEN, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Danish company Danfoss will help China improve its energy efficiency capabilities so the country can achieve its carbon emissions target by 2030, Danfoss CEO Niels B. Christiansen told Xinhua in an interview at the ongoing Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) summit here.
According to Christiansen, urban energy efficiency is key to reducing 38 percent of the world emissions by 2050 and to keep the global rising temperature within the 2 to 3-degree-Celsius target.
"In relation to China, this means we'd like to provide district heating solutions for northern China and district cooling solutions for southern China," Christiansen said.
"We'd also like to apply similar engineering solutions as we did for the Shanghai Tower to China's other tens of thousands of skyscrapers, new and old, in order to reduce the cost of running such buildings. As a result, we can improve overall economic and environmental benefits for building operators and local communities," he added.
Shanghai Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings at 632 meters, is full of Danfoss technologies, with around 6,700 control valves automatically securing precise control and the right balancing of the water flow in the kilometer-long pipes.
"In detail, we'd like to realize all our core business in energy efficiency for buildings, water treatment, district energy, efficient industries as well as food infrastructure," Christiansen explained.
The Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, which owns the Danfoss Group, announced on Monday at the 3GF annual conference it would provide nine million Danish kroner (1.37 million U.S. dollars) in new funding to support the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) district energy in cities initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Partnership and its Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform.
According to Christiansen, the new funds, spread over three years, will create a team of district energy experts to support the UN's initiative in scaling-up, retrofitting, and developing district energy projects.
The team will assist up to 31 cities that have been chosen as part of an extensive consultation process to determine municipalities of high district heating or cooling potential. The first chosen 31 cities are initially planned in China, India, and Serbia, according to Christiansen.
The initiative, he said was "designed to help cities develop state-of-the-art district energy solutions. This is a very important step in delivering on the Paris Agreement and UN's Sustainable Development Goals," Christiansen said in a press release.
"The new funding from the foundation will help boost implementation and enable countries and cities to deliver on their commitments," he added.
Talking about food waste, which was another hot topic at the 3GF conference, Christiansen said the world could not afford to lose 30 percent of food during food production.
"If we cannot change this situation, we can hardly achieve the UN's ambitious Sustainable Development Goals," he said.
He noted Danfoss had been providing China with energy efficiency refrigerators since the 1950s.
"We'd like to continue working with Chinese refrigerator makers to improve food producing efficiency, cooling, storage, transportation and supermarket solutions," he said. Enditem