This year, we are partnering with State of Green – Denmark’s Climate, Energy and Environment Consortium to focus on WATER. Water is a scarce, but essential resource that is under increasing pressure. According to the UN, the global water consumption will increase by 30 per cent by 2030 due to population growth and increased wealth. It has therefore never been more important to find new solutions, and climate changes only increase the need for proper management of water resources.
Denmark knows water Surrounded by water Danes have always taken pride in preserving it. Did you know that Denmark has 406 islands and 7314 km of coastline – that is longer than the distance between Washington, DC and Copenhagen? And that the highest point in the country is only 170 metres above sea level. All this explains why Denmark holds a long tradition of integrated water management.
Danish companies have an abundant expertise in water technology in a multitude of areas. Some serve as experts in water cleansing technology, others have revolutionized the methods of supplying water to both developing countries as well as large cities. The focus is on quality, sustainability, health and efficiency – and these are values that are good for business as well. Many of the water industry experts from Denmark are traveling all over the world exporting their innovative solutions for water that will not only save money but also benefit the environment.
Showcasing Danish solutions
Danish companies will be showcasing their solutions on EU Open House Day, presenting their ground-breaking ideas. The Danish water pump company Grundfos is one of the leading suppliers of water pump system and will be presenting their innovative solutions on how to save water and make water supply efficient. Another company, Retap, will be presenting their reusable glass bottles for tap water. As a reaction to the floating islands of plastic waste in the oceans, this Danish Company decided to make plastic bottles superfluous. Their beautifully designed glass bottles are not only a designer piece, but also reusable and 100 % sustainable.
The Danish leading supplier of enzymesNovozymes will showcase a ground breaking technology of theirs: using enzymes in detergent enables families to save money and energy by washing their clothes in cold water. Furthermore they will be offering guests a view of their car that runs on biofuel – a product that relies heavily on the use of Novozymes enzymes.
Experience The Arctic through a series of images telling the story of a region that covers more than a sixth of the Earth’s total land mass plus the Arctic Ocean which the Arctic coastal states border.
One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region. The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region, and the geopolitical implications of changes in the Arctic.
Visitors will get a rare behind-the-scenes look at Washington’s first modern embassy designed by legendary architect Vilhelm Lauritzen and furnished by Finn Juhl - last tour of the Residence is at 3.30pm. Tickets (free of charge) are required for the Residence Tour and can be picked up upon arrival at the embassy. Impress us with your Danish skills at our video booth in cooperation with VisitDenmark and play Water Bingo to win great prices, including a lunch at the Embassy, Danish designed water bottles and more! Younger visitors can be creative at our LEGO playground while you relax at the bake sale/café of the Danish School in Washington. Try our bicycle obstacle course and get a free bicycling drivers licence! Experience Mikael Colville-Andersen’s acclaimed photo exhibit ‘Monumental Motion’. For over 4 years Colville-Andersen has documented bicycle culture in the Danish capital. This unique photo exhibition highlights 50 photographs that define the cycling life in The City of Cyclists.
About EU Open House
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the embassies of the 27 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day. This annual event is a highlight of the Washington May calendar and is celebrated during Europe Week, each embassy will open to the public, offering a rare look inside the buildings and providing a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.
Additional information: There will be bus service from Dupont Circle with stop at the bottom of Whitehaven Street. Go to the EU Open House website http://www.euopenhouse.org/ to see the bus routes and plan your trip.
The Embassy grounds are accessible to wheelchairs. Tours of the Ambassador’s residence involves flights of stairs.
The Danish Embassy is located at: 3200 Whitehaven Street NW Washington, DC 20009