In collaboration, Confederation of Danish Industry, CONCITO, IDA, Think Tank Europe and State of Green are hosting this conference with the focus on how the green transition can create both growth and jobs in Denmark, Europe and globally. The purpose is to highlight the importance of employment and competencies in the green transition in the next 9 years towards 2030. Denmark can contribute not only with the green technologies and solutions, but also show how it is possible to secure a just green transition through a strategic transition of the labor market. In the green transition it is vital that noone is left behind and this is therefore also one of the key elements of the “European Green Deal” through the just transition mechanism. This mechanism will support and secure that both people and societies are ready for the green transition. 

Denmark has earlier worked with a strategic green transition of the labor force and this experience can be utilised by the danish labor market and business sectors when implementing a larger transition of both the labor market and workforce. The Danish flexicurity model can secure that the working force is prepared and ready, when we are to accelerate the green as well as digital transition towards 2030. 

The purpose of the day is to highlight the advantages of a green transition when it comes to job creation and growth in Denmark and globally, as well as initiate the dialogue on how we can secure the necessary competencies, skills and people towards a green, digital and just transition by 2030. 

Confederation of Danish Industry, CONCITO, IDA, Think Tank Europe, State of Green

Target group: Danish and international public and private decision makers


  • 8:30

    Registration and arrival

  • 9:00

    Welcome by Christian Ibsen, Director, CONCITO and moderator Lykke Friis, Director, Think Tank Europe

  • 9:05

    Opening of the conference His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

  • 9:10

    Keynote: Putting people at the heart of green transitions

    Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities and chair of IEA Global Commission on people-centered clean energy transitions

  • 9:20

    Panel debate: How can Europe secure a green and just transition in the wake of COP26?

    Linea Søgaard-Lidell, Member of European Parliament, Venstre
    Niels Fuglsang, Member of European Parliament, Socialdemokratiet

  • 09:50

    Coffee Break

  • 10:20

    Keynote: A just energy transition is urgent, indispensable and possible

    Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organisation

  • 10:30

    Panel debate: COP26 - How government action can drive private investments?

    Mads Nipper, CEO, Ørsted
    Lars Sandahl Sørensen, CEO, DI
    Emma Turkki, Danish Youth Delegate to The UN
    Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, Director General, DanChurchAid

  • 11:00

    Panel debate: Innovating future labor markets for the green transition

    Morten Dyrholm, Group Senior Vice President, Vestas
    Samantha Smith, Director Just Transition Centre, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
    Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark
    Bendt Bendtsen, Chairman, SYNERGI

  • 11:40

    Panel debate: Decarbonizing the hard-to-abate sectors in a just way

    Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, Executive VP, CEO Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Møller Mærsk
    Emma Hopkins, British Ambassador to Denmark
    Thomas Schulz, CEO, FLSmidth
    Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator, ILO

  • 12:20

    Closing remarks

    Christian Ibsen, Director, CONCITO
    Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green
    Thomas Damkjær, Chairman, IDA - Danish Society of Engineers