Workers have played a key role for 92 percent of public innovations (COI). Workers’ innovative skills are fundamental resources for the public sector to develop green solutions.
If we are to reach our climate targets for 2030, we need to take advantage of the potentials inherent in our state, regions and municipalities.
In February this year, KL and Forhandlingsfællesskabet entered a collective agreement initiating a campaign to collect the workers’ green ideas and best practices.
The aim is to gather and exchange experiences from public workplaces, and to share the best examples with the public for inspiration.
The importance of municipal workers
The collective agreement especially emphasizes the importance of municipal workers in contributing to the green transition. As the country’s largest employer, and the public sector’s closest link to the citizens and the companies, the workers of the municipalities constitute an important apparatus to lead us in a more sustainable direction.
While the public sector is responsible for a relatively small amount of total carbon emissions, it has a large power of influence. In addition to being the country’s largest employer, the public sector has great influence through critical infrastructure in terms of electricity, data management and gas, as well of the running of airports and ports and the transport sector, to mention some examples.