Annual Report 2012: Resources for society

H.H. Thomsen (Redaktør)

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Resumé

This Annual Report for 2012 provides a brief overview of some of the work that GEUS has been involved in over the year. The year 2012 is the first in GEUS’ performance contract for 2012–2015, which involves new and generally higher goals. We have had a very productive 2012 and have met the majority of the goals set for our work. We have seen increasing activity as well as higher productivity in our scientific work.

The increase in activity reflects a growing demand for GEUS’ expertise within all its working areas, as well as the fact that, in 2012, GEUS had considerable success in winning contracts for research projects. This is due not only to our competitiveness but also to the fact that we work in areas with considerable socio-economic interest and substantial challenges, both nationally and internationally. There is a confluence between GEUS’ core business, as set out in the

GEUS Strategy 2012, and four of the nine ‘grand challenges’ of the 21st century: minerals, environmental and climate change, water resources, and energy supply and storage.

The mineral resources of Greenland attracted particular attention during 2012. GEUS took part in many meetings and workshops and received a number of foreign delegations at high political level. Furthermore, a number of cooperation agreements were signed with sister organisations in Asia.

A high point was when, as principal organiser on behalf of a wider group, GEUS hosted a much-visited conference during the Danish EU Presidency, entitled Critical minerals for the clean energy and high technology industries 2012 and beyond – the EU perspective.

According to several of the participants, the conference was the first successful gathering of representatives from the entire value chain, from finding the minerals and mining them, to the processing and production industries, and on to reuse and recycling.

Collaboration between the various European geological surveys was stepped up considerably in 2012 and it is now approaching a form which will allow the surveys to serve jointly as a virtual geological survey for the EU. An important part of this process has been significant progress in creating a common European infrastructure for geological data.

During the year, GEUS supplied its main stakeholders with important knowledge and consulting services to help meet socio-economic challenges and provide an informed basis for political decisions. These stakeholders are: the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Government of Greenland. Services included consultancy in connection with geothermal projects and shale gas in Denmark as well as pesticides and land management in Danish environmental policy, submission of a claim to the UN for an area offshore Greenland and rare-earth elements and other minerals in South Greenland. Finally, from 1 January 2013, GEUS has a new board with Professor Minik Rosing from the Natural History Museum of Denmark as the new chairman.

Contributing to society with several of its core areas, GEUS is looking forward to a challenging 2013.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
ForlagDe Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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  • Programområde 1: Data

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