What is The Danish Eco-Innovation subsidy scheme (MUDP)?
Following a request from a unanimous Danish Parliament (the Folketing) the first eco-innovation initiative was launched by the government in 2006. The initiative is to promote new efficient environmental solutions, strengthen green exports and create more jobs.
The overall purpose of the Danish Eco-Innovation Program is to promote new efficient environmental solutions, strengthen green exports and create more jobs. Also, the aim is to boost and strengthen cooperation between companies, knowledge-based institutions and partners in the EU within the field of environmental technology.
The initiatives on eco-innovation include three main activities:
- Development, testing, and demonstration of eco-efficient technology (subsidy scheme)
- Environmental cooperation and green exports
- Partnerships for eco-innovation
The Ecoinnovation subsidy scheme
The Danish Eco-Innovation Program features i.a. a subisidy scheme (In Danish: MUDP – Miljøteknologisk Udviklings- og Demonstrationsprojekt) with a general focus on: Water; climate change adaptation; circular economy and recycling of waste; cleaner air; less noise; fewer hazardous chemicals; the industry’s environmental performance; and ecological and sustainable construction.
The subsidy scheme targets Danish companies (private and public); stakeholders; and institutions working with environmental technology.
The scheme is administered by the Danish EPA. In 2014 about 90 mio. DKK has been allocated for the purpose.
Environmental cooperation and green exports
The international activities are overall aimed at putting Danish knowledge and environmental technology competencies into use to ensure a better global environment and promote the export of Danish environmental solutions.
Public/private partnerships for innovation
In future, the global market will increasingly demand more eco-efficient technological solutions, and Danish enterprises, knowledge institutions and authorities together hold many of the competencies required to develop these technologies.
Experience has shown that innovation grows best when these competencies are exploited in a close interplay between enterprises themselves and between enterprises, researchers and public institutions. Therefore it is advantageous to bring different competencies together in binding strategic partnerships.