Denmark undertakes large-scale energy efficiency renovations during COVID-19 crisis
Limitations on the Danish construction budget for 2020 have been suspended. This allows for large-scale energy renovations at sports facilities and social facilities that are left empty due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Sports facilities, community centres and other places commonly used in Denmark for social gatherings and sports have been left empty for over a month amidst the COVID-19 crisis. While this has a negative social effect, it might prove beneficial for the green transition.
The Danish government has decided to suspend the limit on the construction budget for Danish municipalities, which normally regulates public expenditure. The increased expenditure is expected to amount to around EUR 340 million in advanced investments, while payments to contractors at the amount of EUR 740 million are advanced, writes the Danish newspaper Berlingske.
With the opening up of the budget, many sports and social facilities have decided to improve their energy efficiency.
“We know that many of our members would like to contribute to the green transition, they may just need some help. Right now, many clubhouses are empty due to the corona crisis, and at the same time, the municipalities have suspended the limit on the construction budget, which makes it an obvious opportunity to look at now,” said Poul Broberg, Head of Public Affairs at the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), in a press release.