Iran, Denmark ready to boost water, power coop.
TEHRAN, Sep. 24 (MNA) – Iran’s energy minister has called for increased presence of Denmark in various Iranian water and electricity projects.
On the sidelines of his visit to Copenhagen of Denmark, Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian met with the Danish counterpart discussing numerous topics like Denmark’s favorable climate, development of joint cooperation in the field of renewable energy, improving quality of water resources, wastewater treatment and reuse in various sectors.
The Iranian pointed to his ministry’s commitment to environmental considerations in all projects as well as voluntary partnership in agreements reached at 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference adding “in view of Denmark’s capabilities and Iran’s unique capacities in wind and solar energies, expansion of ties in renewable energies can mark the main axis of future talks between the two sides.”
Chitchian noted that wastewater treatment is now being carried out in most Iranian cities asserting “taking advantage of modern technologies in water and wastewater treatment remains as yet another venue for cooperation between private sectors of the two parties.”
It was also agreed that the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt, accompanied by top companies of the European country, make a visit to Tehran to discuss venues for boosting bilateral cooperation in water and electricity areas.
In a separate meeting with Esben Lunde Larsen, Denmark’s Minister for Environment and Food, Iran’s Chitchian referred to the climate change and water scarcity in various parts of Iran saying “over the past 15 years and due to climate change, a disturbing drought has emerged in Iran and, in addition to reduced precipitation, more evaporation takes place as a result of higher temperatures.”
He called for adoption of smart and clever strategies to alleviate side effects of climate change as well as to boost water management and irrigation efficiency in the agriculture sector.
Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian invited Danish firms to launch relevant cooperation with Iranian counterparts.
Making visits to a waste-fueled power plant, Green Living projects as well as Vesrtas and Siemens factories have been put on the agenda of Chitchian’s three-day trip to the European state.