Year: 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Posted on: December 20, 2017

Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues!

As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for the confidence you place in Danish Management A/S and Danish Energy Management & Esbensen A/S and for the fruitful cooperation we enjoy together. We are grateful for the numerous rewarding friendships, both old and new, that continue into the New Year.

Employees from our main offices in Denmark (Copenhagen, Aarhus and Soenderborg), the UK, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand and many other countries around the world hereby wish you and your family Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

The new building in Ribe can win the Brick Award 2018!

Posted on: November 29, 2017

Kannikegården. The new house for Ribe parish’s parochial church council, built on the square in Ribe, just across the cathedral, has been nominated for the Brick Award 2018. The award is a tribute to innovative  and outstanding architectural design as well as to the aesthetic and functional benefits that bricks, clay blocks and roof tiles can provide in contemporary architecture.

The judging committee, among other things, has nominated projects on the basis of their fine use of bricks, which creates a harmonious connection between old and new materials that together enrich the urban landscape.

DEM-ESB has been consulting engineers on the project, which has secured a seat among the 50 nominees for the Brick Awards 2018. The winner will be announced in May 2018 in Austria’s capital Vienna.

Read more about the Brick Award award here:

Torben Esbensen, DEM-ESB – appointed Fellow in the International Solar Energy Society ISES

Posted on: November 10, 2017

At the recently held Solar World Congress in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Torben was appointed Fellow, as a recognition of his long-standing efforts to promote solar energy.

It is only the third time in the Solar Energy Society’s 50-year history, that a Fellow is appointed.

The aims of awarding the category of ISES Fellow are:

  • To recognise people who have given many years of distinguished service to ISES and have advanced the use of solar and renewable energy through research, education, communication and deployment
  • To provide inspiration and mentoring to Young ISES members
  • To establish a pool of experienced solar and renewable energy experts to ensure that their knowledge and expertise can benefit ISES in various ways.

Torben has previously been honored for his work on renewable energy and energy-efficient construction. In 1995 he received the European Solar Energy Prize in Vienna, in 2003 he became the first recipient of the OECD International Energy Agency’s Solar Energy Prize, and in 2013 he received the Passive House Pioneer Award in Frankfurt.

BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show 2017

Posted on: September 11, 2017

Our Market Maker Kirsten Mariager has been invited to present at the BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show 2017.
This is NYC’s premier event for professionals and practitioners working to build a more sustainable world.
It brings more than 600 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and network with each other.

This year’s event will be held at the TKP New York Conference Center.

Kirsten Mariager will be speaking at the session “Building Products of the Future: Where Are We Heading?” on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT). 

DEM-ESB will develop an on-line database of energy initiatives in Africa.

Posted on: September 8, 2017

Investments in the energy sector are being prioritized as a precondition to sustainable development by many African governments, regional organizations as well as the international donor community.

As a result, numerous initiatives have been started with the common goal of bolstering and supporting the continent in reaching a sustainable energy future. This increasing number of initiatives also leads to a greater need for coordination. As a minimum, information about who is doing what must be available to highlight opportunities, synergies and overlap within Africa’s energy sector.

In 2016 a mapping of energy initiatives in Africa was undertaken in the context of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and presented officially at the AEEP Stakeholder Forum in Milan in May 2016. The mapping is available here.

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen will now update the information and complete the listing of multilateral initiatives with bilateral and country-specific initiatives. An online database will be established, such that the information be accessible to all interested parties by the end of 2017.

DEM-ESB publishes a Market Landscape Study of 15 countries in Africa

Posted on: September 8, 2017

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen (DEM-ESB) was very pleased to be commissioned by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA), in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DfID), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), to undertake a market landscape study of the 15 countries in Southern and East Africa (S&EA) (Botswana, Burundi,  Kenya,  Lesotho,  Namibia,  Malawi, Mozambique,  Rwanda,  Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia and Zimbabwe) that have been identified for support under the next phase of the Energy and Environment Partnership programme (EEP). The purpose of this study is to develop a snapshot of the current status of energy access, opportunities in Southern and East Africa and to reposition the EEP-S&EA market niche and value proposition to meet the needs of the private sector.

Our report highlights that the barriers to improving energy access have not changed over recent years but that context in Africa is developing rapidly. There are some very successful and innovative business models that have taken off, addressing a segment of the market that would ordinarily be using kerosene and candles. In broad terms, access to finance continues to be the most significant barrier to reaching the SE4All 2030 target of universal energy access. There is an acceptance across the board that decentralised renewable systems are necessary to address the needs of the bottom-of-the-pyramid but governments are focusing on grid extension and the business case is weak for the private sector to deliver an affordable service without some form of subsidy.

For the full study, visit the Nordic Development Fund website:

Global Compact International Yearbook 2017

Posted on: September 1, 2017

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen has the pleasure of being a part of the Global Compact International Yearbook 2017, showcasing best practice. Our contribution (p.94) highlights the way in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be aligned with company strategy, and used as a tool for business development.

Taking point of departure in the SDGs that are most closely related to our market area, we have integrated sustainable development goals, targets, and SMART indicators across all of our projects. This allows us to demonstrate the impact that our projects create towards achieving the SDGs. In addition, we track our impact in our newly developed online SDG system, which generates Impact Tracking Reports for internal and external distribution.

Global Compact International Yearbook 2017

DEM-ESB’s first annual Sustainability Report is hot off the presses!

Posted on: March 9, 2017

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen has just released its annual Sustainability Report!
Readers of this year’s report get an insight not only into our internal company footprint, but can also take a look at how we are now measuring our impact in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Highlights from Our Footprint include a focus on employee work life balance, a measurement of the company’s carbon footprint, and an inside look at our Business Integrity Management system (BIMS).

Our Impact then reveals exactly how employees’ daily work contributes to meeting global sustainability goals. Key figures represented here illustrate SMART indicators which have been designed based on more than 20 years of company experience with monitoring and evaluation.


Sustainability Report 2015-2016

Assessment of Finland’s Support to Rights and Status of Women and Girls

Posted on: January 18, 2017

Ministry for foreign Affairs of Finland

Promotion of the rights and status of women and girls and social equality is a core theme of Finnish development policies and a priority. To this end, MFA Finland is planning to carry out an impact evaluation on Finland’s support on these issues.
For this upcoming impact evaluation, Danish Management has been commissioned to conduct an evaluability assessment.
We will gather background information on gender issues and synthesize gender related results from different evaluations.

The title of the assignment is “Impact Evaluability Assessment and Meta-Analysis on Finland’s Support to Rights and Status of Women and Girls and Gender Equality”.

Department of Energy (DOE), South Africa publishes draft Energy Efficiency Strategy for public consultation

Posted on: January 1, 2017

The Department of Energy (DOE) in South Africa has on the 23rd of December, 2016 published the first draft of the energy efficiency strategy that was prepared by our consultants. Titled the “Post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy”, the document outlines a number of measures that can be introduced between 2015 – 2030 to overcome barriers and to achieve Energy Efficiency in key sectors within the economy. The strategy aims to contribute towards reducing the overall energy consumption by 29% by 2030 through the implementation of the suggest energy efficiency measure. Specific targets to be achieved by 2030 have also been suggested for each of the sectors – reduction of 15% in energy consumption within the industry and mining sector; 37% in the commercial and public sector; 33% in the residential sector; 39% in transport; 30% in agriculture; and for the economy as a whole a reduction of 29% by 2030 is envisaged. The strategy also recommends the introduction of various incentives and financing schemes that will encourage the uptake of Energy Efficiency by stakeholders within the key sectors, and the need for an enabling framework rooted in monitoring compliance, strong enforcement and periodic evaluation of progress.