The Chinese-Danish Climate Change Conference in Beijing was aimed to discuss how existing Danish technology like enzymes, energy-saving buildings and wind power can help China reduce their CO2 emissions.

As a part of the conference, Novozymes held a seminar to discuss the prospect of industrial biotechnology in China. It is estimated that through application of enzymes in the industrial field, China can reduce their CO2 emissions considerably.

“Biotech essentially will allow us to produce more from less input, enable a dramatic increase in the use of renewable input and allow us to produce basically all the things we today get from the petrochemical industry from renewable feedstock,” says Steen Riisgaard, CEO at Novozymes, who was present at the conference.

The potential for use of enzymes in China is great. The use of enzymes is about ten times higher in Europe than in China, and it is estimated that the use of enzymes in China will increase about 15% annually in the coming years.

The conference was chaired by the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission.

The summit is sponsored jointly by the China National Development and Reform Commission and the Danish Embassy in China. The conference is a key initiative leading up to COP15, the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen next year.