Danish State Visit to Ghana

Accra

23 - 25 November 2017

Sustainability

The activities under the sustainability sector will focus on renewable energy, energy and water efficient solutions, sustainable architecture, smart cities, urban planning, and waste management as these are all areas where Ghanaian needs are matched by strong Danish competencies.

Increasing Demand for Sustainable Solutions

As Ghana’s economy is growing steadily, the size of the middle-class is increasing as well. This growing middle-class induces greater demand for high-quality and sustainable solutions from both public and private service-providers. Technology and sustainable solutions is needed for Ghana to evolve into a cleaner country with robust infrastructure and well-functioning treatment of sewage, waste water, and solid waste. The focus on sustainability is, however, not restricted to the domain of the public sector. Private individuals and companies are looking for new types of sustainable buildings focusing on building materials and resources efficiency.

Transitioning Towards Green Energy

Ghana offers very interesting possibilities for Danish green energy solutions. Traditionally, hydropower and gas/oil-based power production have met the demand, but a growing economy, lack of maintenance and insufficient transmission lines have resulted in severe and widespread shortage of power. Expensive and temporary solutions have made prices skyrocket to more than 10 times the West African average for businesses. Owing to these challenges, Ghana is now promoting investments in non-hydropower renewable energy sources backed by the government’s declared objective of attaining a 10% renewable power supply by 2020 up from the current 0.3%. Being frontrunners not only in energy production but also in energy efficiency, Danish companies will find great opportunities in Ghana.