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If any long-distance relationship has a chance of succeeding, it may be the new cooperation agreement on energy efficiency between Denmark and the US state of California.

The initial focus for the partnership will be on optimising energy use within the food sector but will expand to other industrial sectors, including building and housing.

The agreement was signed by David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission, and Kristoffer Böttzauw, Director-General of the Danish Energy Agency.

The two, despite a distance of 5,343 miles between them, already have a strong expertise-sharing relationship on wind energy in place, which along with this new deal, are expected to be instrumental in helping California achieve it’s emissions goals.

Director-General Kristoffer Böttzauw said: “Denmark’s expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy is accumulated through 40 years’ experience with green transitioning in the Danish energy sector.

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“Through knowledge sharing at the government and expert level, Denmark can inspire California to increase energy efficiency, especially in industrial processes.”