After three years of training seminars and study trips and the exchange of much knowledge and information, our North Korean partners are ready to implement what they have learned about energy efficient building. A greenhouse, renovations of an existing building and a new structure are three concrete steps forward. These projects establish practical models to showcase energy saving techniques. In Switzerland, the “Minergie” concept is a familiar way of limiting energy consumption in buildings. In North Korea, where the “2000 Watt society” is a fact of life, the goal is to keep energy (mis)use from increasing in the future.
Despite all the technical questions, we remain focused on people. I am excited to see how, despite all the highs and lows of the past five years, relationships have grown stronger, prejudices have been overcome and we have truly gotten to know one another.
I would like to thank all of you who have helped make this possible. The warm welcome received from so many individuals and in so many companies made an especially big impression on our workers from the Alternative energy Center when they came to Europe last March. They saw this as a very special privilege.