Year: 2018

DEM continues its support to improving Energy Efficiency in Nigeria

Posted on: October 30, 2018

Between 2016-2017, DEM supported the development of a Nigerian Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC). In 2018, DEM has been awarded with a contract by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to support the Nigerian Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Housing Sector) and at least three selected states on building energy efficiency implementation strategy specifically in the following areas:

  • Adoption of the Building Energy Efficiency Code at State level
  • Capacity building on Building Energy Efficiency Code Implementation
  • Execution of 10 energy audits in public buildings at federal and state level. This support on audits, especially regarding trainings, will take into consideration the energy audit trainings that have been implemented during the first phase of the Nigerian energy support programme
  • Support towards 10 private housing developers in the review of their building designs to take into consideration the
  • Building Energy Efficiency Code requirements
  • Strategic communication on the Building Energy Efficiency Codes and the benefits


Danish Management presenting at the UN Global Compact meeting

Posted on: October 29, 2018

In order to act globally, we need to engage locally! We are therefore delighted to announce our presentation at the UN Global Compact Nordic Meeting in Copenhagen on October 30th.

Companies and stakeholders have a big impact on our world, and the mission for the UN Global Compact is to mobilize a global, sustainable movement. To achieve this the UN Global Compact supports companies who

With regard to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Danish Management has been engaged since 2015. Therefore, the UN Global Compact Meeting on October 30th will be a great opportunity to present two complementary approaches to working with the SDG’s as a company.

First, Kirsten Mariager will present “How to Measure Impact”. This presentation will focus on the strategic approach, using Danish Managements work with the SDGs as an example: How do we report and how do we communicate our impact through our SDG monitoring-system. We need to make our contribution tangible for employees and stakeholders in order to succeed.

The second presentation by Heather Louise Madsen focuses on “Using the SDGs as a Platform to Achieve Strategic Impact Through Partnerships.” Danish Management has collaborated with Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability. This presentation demonstrates how we have linked their current sustainability strategy – the Harvard University Sustainability Plan – to the SDG’s. Student involvement has also  played a big role in this collaboration: Both in developing SDG cases and through the communication of sustainable impact.

Danish Management recently held a workshop in New York titled: “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – A New Business Opportunity for the Green Built Environment” at the Building Energy NYC2018 conference.

Kirsten Mariager says about the New York conference:
“The participation at the workshop exceeded all expectations  – especially with regard to the high level of engagement and interest in the SDGs!”

Like SDG 17 states, global partnerships are essential if we want to succeed in achieving sustainable development. Workshops and network meetings focused on the SDGs provide great opportunities to exchange knowledge, create new partnerships, and find inspiration.

“We acknowledge our responsibility to share knowhow across national boundaries, combining expertise and developing solutions that meet local and national contexts. Goal 17 is central to our strategy because partnerships across boarders play a big role in knowledge sharing and innovative solutions,” explains Kirsten Mariager.

We hope to see you at the UN Global Compact Nordic Meeting!

Date: 30th and 31th of October
Location:  Novo Nordisk A/S, 1 Novo Alle, 2880 Bagsværd, Denmark

AASHE Conference in Pittsburgh

Posted on: October 3, 2018

Image: Harvard Office for Sustainability. Pictured from left to right: Kris Locke, Harvard University; Kirsten Mariager, DEM; Heather Louise Madsen, DEM; Angela Shields, Harvard University; David Havelick, Harvard University.

We are excited to announce that Angela Shields from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health will be presenting along with DEM at the AASHE conference in Pittsburgh, PA during our session titled: Demonstrating Impact Through SDG Cases – Creating Common Language and Shared Purpose Across Campus. Through our collaboration with the Harvard Office for Sustainability, Angela developed a case showing opportunities to link upcoming University Food Standards to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During our session, DEM will present our approach to working with the SDGs, and Angela will share her experiences with applying this approach, and the future opportunities that it presents for student involvement. If you would like to attend our session, please ask for more details!

See the session description here


Which opportunities for the Green Built Environment can the SDGs provide?

Posted on: September 26, 2018

This is what we are focusing on in our workshop:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – A New Business Opportunity for the Green Built Environment” at the Building Energy NYC2018 conference.

It’s on everyone’s lips. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and climate change. Up to this point, 2018 has already presented extreme weather conditions; From temperatures dropping way below average, to massive heatwaves and destructive hurricanes. The only good thing about this abnormal phenomena is that it has increased our focus on climate change. But talk is not enough. We need to act now.

The building industry has a massive effect on our climate and therefor also bears a great responsibility in ensuring that we reach the targets that have been set by the United Nations. For companies who take this challenge seriously, the SDG’s can create new opportunities – for business strategies and actions.

Since 2015, the SDG’s have been at the heart of DEM’s strategic work with energy and sustainability. DEM has actively incorporated four of the 17 SDG’s into our company DNA.

DEM is a sponsor at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)’s annual Building Energy Conference in New York – BENYC2018. On the 3th of October we are hosting a workshop where we explain how different participants in the green built environment can translate the SDG’s into new business opportunities, and ‘what’s in it’ for those that do.
During our workshop we will answer questions like: Which opportunities lie in engaging with the SDG’s, and what are the risks of not engaging? What are stakeholders around the world focusing on? And how do you implement the SDG’s in your building projects?

Our experts, Kirsten Mariager and Heather Louise Madsen will be joined by New York’s leading experts within their field Yetsuh Franck, Bill O’Brien , Dylan Martello and Jack Dinning.

See the SDG workshop program

The conference is open for registrations until the 3th of October, and you and your company can participate by signing up here:

DEM shortlisted for the GIZ funded opportunity to setup Energy Management in South African municipalities

Posted on: July 2, 2018

DEM, in partnership with Envidatech (Germany), has been shortlisted and invited to submit a proposal for the  implementation of the sub-component “Energy Management in Municipalities” of the GIZ funded SAGEN-3 programme in South Africa. The assignment will focus on setting up a municipal energy management system for various municipalities in South Africa. The energy management system will be versatile and cater to different categories of municipalities, which will be categorised as being one of Innovator, Aspirant or Beginner, depending on their respective level of development and capacity on the topic. It is generally believed that several metros where energy management practices already exist may belong to the Innovators category, while other smaller municipalities may belong to either the Aspirant or Beginner category.

South Africa continues to experience rapid urbanisation, with approximately 64% of the country’s population living in urban areas (of which 40% are located in the metropolitan municipalities). Urban populations are forecast to reach 70% of the national total by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Sustainable energy development of cities is a key factor if such urbanisation is to generate significant opportunities for growth, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and climate mitigation, especially in a country where more than 90% of electricity is produced from coal. South African municipalities are increasingly aware of the various challenges in the energy sector and have started to address them in different ways and with varying intensity, and the process of setting up an energy management system being one of them.

Universities are uniquely positioned to assist with implementing the SDG’s

Posted on: June 25, 2018

Last week our Market Maker for Sustainability & Energy Management,
Kirsten Mariager presented at the event Higher Education – Higher Ambitions: Sustainable Practices, Healthy Environment and Better Learning at New York University.

She highlighted the obvious opportunities why universities should engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs creates a common language and understanding of sustainability – both at faculty and campus level. Universities have an impact across each and every one of the SDGs, and this impact can be large – and many campuses have already done the ground work. By addressing impacts within each area of the SDGs through internal policies and operations, universities can make a significant contribution to achieving the SDGs within their spheres of operation. Responsible and sustainable universities will moreover have a competitive advantage and will be able to stand out and attract new partnerships, funding streams and students and faculty staff.

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen changes name and logo

Posted on: June 19, 2018

Six years have now passed since we took the company Esbensen Consulting Engineers under our wing. The union has been a great success in the market for sustainable energy design, focused on building design and energy renovation projects in Denmark and abroad. The company is now returning to the name Danish Energy Management A/S, or simply DEM.

The name change is part of the company’s growth strategy and a natural extension of the organic development that DEM is currently undergoing. The name adjustment also reflects who we are as a company, and we still have the same goals that we have always had: promoting sustainability and energy globally.

Read the press release here.

Meet us in New York during the AchitectureWeek

Posted on: June 5, 2018

Our Market Maker for Sustainability & Energy Management, Kirsten Mariager has been invited to present at the event Higher Education – Higher Ambitions: Sustainable Practicies, Healthy Environment, and Better Learning, taking place at New York University. Have a look at the invitation here: Higher Education_Higher Ambitions_Sustainable Practices, Healthy Environments, and Better Learning

At this official ArchitectureWeek event, industry pioneers explore aspects of the next generation of higher education facilities, and debate how thoughtful design, innovative technology, and sustainability strategies will shape the universities of the future.

Kirsten will be talking about Campus Sustainability Strategies & Integrating the SDG´s.

She will be looking forward to seeing you in New York:-)

A visit from Dongtai City in China

Posted on: May 24, 2018

A VIP delegation from Dongtai City in China (1.3 million inhabitants) will visit Sønderborg on the 25th of May 2018. The delegation is run by Ms. Chen Weihong, Mayor of the People’s Government of Dongtai City, Jiangsu Province.

The delegation is to visit Danfoss in Nordborg and Project Zero in Sønderborg, and has furthermore asked to meet with DEM-ESB to learn more about “Energy Efficient Buildings and Sustainable Urban Design” and DEM-ESB’s experience in China. DEM-ESB has designed a newly built “Zero Carbon Building” and developed a “Zero Carbon Masterplan” for a city development area in Haiyan City in the Zhejiang Province.

Implementing Energy Management

Posted on: May 14, 2018

The next step in our task of implementing energy management for the Danish Defence is about prioritizing the efforts. For this we are developing a tool that visualizes the consequences of environmental and energy measures. The tool will have a simple interface, so also “non-technicians” can analyze different scenarios.

Torben Esbensen – 70 years

Posted on: April 19, 2018

Congratulations to one of our very experienced employees – Torben Esbensen, who has turned 70 years.

Torben is educated civil engineer and has been in the industry for many years – where he has worked very focused to promote sustainable cities and solar energy, both nationally and internationally.

In the fall of 2017 Torben was appointed Fellow in the International Solar Energy Society ISES, as a recognition of his long-standing efforts to promote solar energy. 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.

Renovation of the indoor swimming pool at the Sports Academy in Sønderborg

Posted on: April 12, 2018

DEM-ESB has been selected as a full-service consultant for the renovation of the indoor swimming pool at the Sports Academy i Sønderborg. The swimming pool, with a 25 meter competition pool, dates from 1960 and all the technical facilities need renovation and replacement. DEM-ESB has engaged the Technological Institute – Swimming Pool Technology, as sub-consultant regarding the water treatment system. In addition to the swimming pool, the ventilation systems at the school must be renewed and a building-integrated solar system of 540 m² must be established.

The Sports Academy, designed in 1952, is the largest sports academy in Denmark and the fourth largest folk high school in the country. It is classified as worthy of preservation, which is why the solar system must be integrated in a roof, which will not be visible from the road.

Food production based on the UN Sustainable Goals

Posted on: April 5, 2018

Studenterhusfonden in Aarhus supplies over 90% of the food services at Aarhus University. They run canteens, cafes, various conferences and food delivery services, and they are clear frontrunners when it comes to sustainable food production. Their vision is to be the healthy and preferred non-profit food producer – both locally and with relation to the climate, as a contribution to raising awareness of health and sustainability.

Danish Energy Management has provided the strategic foundation for all the exciting work that Studenterhusfonden is doing with relation to creating a sustainable food culture in and around the Aarhus University Campus. From the purchase of fresh produce, creating hands-on workflows in the kitchen, educating students about saving money and reducing waste through the food choices they make, to their approach to waste management. An analysis across the organization has provided the foundation for our delivery of the new Sustainable Community Strategy for Studenterhusfonden. This strategy uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a platform to communicate current and future initiatives and goals.

For Studenterhusfonden, Danish Energy Management has delivered a comprehensive strategy describing their most relevant SDGs – no. 2, 4, 8, 12, 13, along with internal goals, motivations and actions. As part of an overall communications concept, we have also developed infographics that can be used in all their communication and marketing material, such as public tenders, private bids, cases and e-learning. As a next step, Danish Energy Management is designing a new website for StudenterhusFonden. This website will simply and elegantly visualize everything that Studenterhusfonden has to offer for customers and business partners.

Head of Sales at Danish Energy Management & Esbensen

Posted on: February 23, 2018

Mads Hammershøj is employed as Head of Sales at Danish Energy Management & Esbensen.

As Head of Sales, Mads will be working with the main commercial areas at Danish Energy Management & Esbensen, initially in the domestic market. The Market areas: Energy Renovation,

Sustainable Building Design & Urban Development, Sustainable Client Consultancy and Sustainability Management – offering consultancy on the UN global Goals – shall provide the basis for increased growth in the domestic market.

In close collaboration with the Market Makers, Mads will develop the market strategy, which will be the focal point for
marketing our energy solutions to the business market. Mads joins the daily management and will primarily be located
at the Aarhus office. However, he will also frequently be at the offices in both Sønderborg and Copenhagen.

Mads comes from a position as head of department at Eniig Energi A/S.

Welcome Mads.

New Sustainability Report 2016-2017

Posted on: February 21, 2018

Fresh off the presses – our brand new Sustainability Report 2016-2017. Please take a look!

This year’s report highlights our online SDG reporting system on page 24, and page 25 shows the sustainable impact across all company projects for the year, measured with relation to the time we have spent working with primary Sustainable Development Goals and SDG Targets. Page 5 also shows our contribution to sustainable development with relation to SMART indicators.

The Report is available on our website here:

The Report is also uploaded to the Global Compact’s website here:

Energy Management at the Defence Command Denmark

Posted on: January 10, 2018

We have just completed an energy walkthrough of the entire Defence Command. The activity is part of the Defence Command’s efforts to introduce energy management in line with ISO50001 by 2020.

At Dansk Energy Management & Esbensen, we support clients in Denmark and abroad with energy management, where we have developed measurable energy management systems for both large and smaller companies. Learn more about our Energy Management consultancy.

New youth culture house in Sønderborg

Posted on: January 3, 2018

In connection to its appointment as the Youth Municipality in 2017, Sønderborg municipality decided to construct a new Youth Culture House for its young population.
Spreading about 520 m2, the cultural house will be a space for social gathering and events for people between the ages of 15 to 25.

The house is located in the city center, just opposite the existing Sønderborghus, which is the city’s cultural center for the slightly older generation.
The project includes renovation of a former dairy building and an extension, and the new building will house an auditorium, bar, meeting rooms, lounge areas and an outdoor courtyard.

The building was designed by Tegnestuen Mejeriet in Haderslev with Danish Energy Management & Esbensen A/S as engineering advisers on energy and technical installations.