28 April 2010

The Russian President Medvedev visits Green Lighthouse

Today, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits Green Lighthouse at the University of Copenhagen. The house is Denmark's first public carbon neutral building. With an innovative and climate friendly energy concept, the house is a lighthouse for future carbon neutral construction.

President Medvedev will be given a tour of the house by Rector Ralf Hemmingsen, Minister for Climate and Energy Lykke Friis, VELUX Group A/S CEO Jørgen Tang-Jensen and CEO of COWI Lars-Peter Søbye. During the tour, the President will hear about the energy saving solutions that contribute to keeping the house carbon neutral.

Green Lighthouse Photo: Adam Mørk

- "We are pleased that the Russian President visits the University of Copenhagen. Green Lighthouse is a beautiful and functional house, and we are pleased to be able to inspire others. The house's design secures a 75 % reduction in energy consumption, and the house is situated to secure the best possible use of sunlight", says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

Green Lighthouse combines architecture, the use of materials and energy use in an innovative way, which has drawn international attention to Danish know-how on sustainable buildings and public-private partnerships. The house is composed of an intelligent ventilation system, developed at the University of Copenhagen, a new air compressor and a heat pump that releases heat and cold, respectively, depending on the season.

Danish-Russian Research and Education Cooperation

In connection to the official Russian state visit in Denmark, Rector Ralf Hemmingsen signs an exchange agreement between the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and the Russian university Kuban State Agrarian University in Krasnodar.

The agreement focuses on research, education and demonstration of the production of food products, bioenergy and biomaterials. The agreement contributes to support future sustainable farming. The purpose of the agreement is to match the already existing and future needs to increase food production with the need for sustainable resources such as bioenergy and tree.

"Today there is an increasing demand for better food quality and products produced with consideration to animal welfare and ecology. In addition, the production of food and bioenergy must be profitable for the farmers and secure welfare and investments in the future production. With this agreement, we wish to comply with all these demands through education, research and sharing know-how on production systems and technology", says Dean at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Per Holten-Andersen.