Article. Energy in fokus - from Kyoto to Copenhagen. - AgroTech

Article. Energy in fokus - from Kyoto to Copenhagen. - AgroTech

Lotte Bjarke, editor, Gartner Tidende,

Two organisations

working for the same cause

Danish Horticulture and the largest trade union in Denmark, 3F,

are in close dialogue with each other and often back up each other’s views.

Safeguarding the future of the horticultural business and preserving

jobs are some of the organisations’ common goals.

When the future of the horticultural

business is threatened, Danish Horticulture

and 3F move closer together as

was the case in the early spring when the

two organisations received the Tax Commission’s

proposal for a new Tax reform.

- We have no doubt that a quick reaction

and a joint statement from our two

organisations made a difference so that

the final result of the tax proposal ended

up not being as bad as expected, agrees

Jesper Lund-Larsen, 3F’s consultant for

environment and working environment,

and consultant in Danish Horticulture, Leif


Involve staff

The two consultants can give several

examples of cases where the organisati-

ons have mutual interests among which

the most important ones are climate and


- Obviously, the energy issue is very

crucial for the greenhouse nurseries.

We are more than willing to take part

in fulfilling the climate goals set out by

the Danish State. Long-term survival is

dependent on future reductions of the

energy level. But at the same time we must

remember that the horticultural business

has already reducet its energy consumption

by 26% from 1996 to 2008, says

Leif Marienlund, who points out that this

reduction is due to close and focused cooperation

between management and staff

in the individual greenhouses. This is a

very important issue for 3F.

- It is of great significance that the staff

is involved in the whole process as this

will result in bigger profits and happy

employees, and it helps valuable experience

to be passed on from one nursery to

the colleagues in the other nursery, says

Jesper Lund-Larsen.

Common conditions in the EU

The organisations are keeping a sharp eye

on the present development on tax changes

in Denmark.

- There is no doubt that the energy

bill will increase, and it is important that

the greenhouses keep focus on energy

savings. We would like to take part in

discussions on how to reduce energy

consumption, but at the same time we

have to ensure that we are not punished

afterwards. If this situation becomes reality,

the whole Danish horticultural sector

will be closing down, Jesper Lund-Larsen

points out.

- It is a fundamental problem to provide

funds for development and one of our

greatest challenges. We are very pleased

that the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture

and Fisheries Eva Kjer Hansen has

made a contribution of DKK 50 million

to the horticultural sector (“gartnerikonvolutten”)

to support projects concerning

innovation, energy, water consumption

etc. But it is a bit disappointing that di-

strict heating is not included in this grant,

says Leif Marienlund. He adds that of course

new technology can create jobs, but at

the same time it is important to remember

to use and develop already existing technologies.

Leif Marienlund and Jesper Lund-Larsen

wish the Danish and the European horticultural

industry all the best and hope

that the future will bring uniform working

conditions for all growers within

the framework of the EU to avoid Da-

nish growers looking upon their Dutch

colleagues in the future with envy when

they are receiving state guaranteed loans

and other means of subsidies.


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