Viegand Maagøe undertook a survey of energy consumption by companies and businesses in Denmark. The survey showed that the potential to save energy is greater today than in the mid 1990s. Our work has laid the foundations for efforts to increase energy efficiency in the future.

Client: The Danish Energy Agency, natural gas companies and the Danish Energy Association

The task
The Danish Energy Agency, natural gas companies and the Danish Energy Association wanted a overall picture of energy consumption by companies and businesses in Denmark – including an assessment of the anticipated potential energy savings by sector and technology with payback times of two, four and 10 years respectively.

We worked on the task together with another Danish consulting firm, Dansk Energi Analyse.

How we carried out the task
The task involved:

  • mapping energy consumption by primary uses in 71 business sectors;
  • calculating the actual energy prices and costs by energy type;
  • compiling energy consumption data from Statistics Denmark (NR130) and from the Danish Energy Agency’s energy statistics;
  • preparing technology notes for 11 main technologies and 3 cross disciplinary technologies;
  • calculating the potential savings per technology with payback times of two, four and 10 years respectively; and
  • calculating the potential savings allocated by large and small companies.

The result
The survey showed that the potential for companies and businesses to save energy is greater today than in the mid 1990s – notwithstanding many years of energy conservation efforts. One of the reasons is the rising price of energy. Another is that technological developments have made many energy conservation solutions more affordable. Our work has contributed to future efforts to improve energy efficiency.

For more information, contact:
Peter Maagøe Petersen, pmp@viegandmaagoe.dk and +45 21 70 03 08