Launch of DTI funded co-operative energy report

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URBED, working on behalf of Co-operatives UK and with funding from the DTI, launched the report 'Co-operative Energy: Lessons from Denmark and Sweden' at a special event held at the Royal Society in London on 10th March.

The event was chaired by David Dickman, formerly of the Co-operative Bank, and included presentations by two Danish speakers - Hans Soerensen from the Danish Wind Turbine Owners Association, and Pernille Overbye from Ramboll.

The DTI Global Watch mission to Denmark and Sweden took place between 24th and 28th October 2004. The mission enabled representatives of the UK co-operative movement to visit a range of practical projects in order to learn from the experience of successful Danish and Swedish co-operatives. It also sought to build on URBED's 2003 report 'Energy:the future generation'.

The mission was co-ordinated by Nick Dodd from URBED. He was accompanied by:

- Harvey Tordoff, Baywind Co-operative and Energy4All
- Mark Sims, Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-operative Society
- Hamish Wall, the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society
- Brian Rees, the Co-operative Group
- Dr Sue Hunter, IESD: De Montfort University

The high level aim of the mission was to investigate the role co-operatives have played in the successful delivery of energy projects. The specific objectives of the mission were therefore to:

- Investigate the unique benefits that can be attributed to a range of co-operative models in enabling and delivering energy projects
- Understand the co-operative role in delivery and the strengths/weaknesses of the chosen co-operative structures in relation to a number of different technologies
- Explore the potential for sectors of the UK co-operative movement to adopt Danish project structures and delivery mechanisms
- Pursue partnerships and technology transfer in order to learn from Danish experience and avoid �re-inventing the wheel�, particularly as regards financing and developing energy projects.

The itenary was developed by URBED based on original research for Co-operatives UK. Additional support was provided by Nicola Smoker from PERA. Six co-operative enterprises and three co-operatively owned enterprises were visited during the mission. The itenary also incorporated meetings with five related support bodies � including a secondary co-operative and two major trade associations.

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