Denmark and Korea enter green alliance

Last week saw the Republic of South Korea and Denmark sign a new environmental pact.

The so-called ‘green growth alliance’ will see the two countries work together in an effort to develop environmentally friendly technology and promote sustainability. The deal also marks the start of security and economic pact between the Scandinavian and Asian nations.

South Korea’s President, Lee Myung-bak, and Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, met in the Danish capital last week to sign the document and strengthen diplomatic ties. The eco-friendly event marked Korea’s first non-security agreement with another nation, officials said.

Prior to the event, the South Korean leader had taken part in the opening ceremony of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), on the campus of the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. The office is the first regional branch of the new international climate change initiative, which is led by Korea and has already seen contributions from Australia, the UAE and Japan; in addition to Denmark. Several other nations are also showing interest in taking part in the institute, officials said.

Denmark has been at the cutting-edge of promoting sustainability and green energy practices in recent years. The country is currently working to end national reliance on fossil fuels altogether within the next four decades.