Risk Preparedness

The energy sector forms a critical part of the infrastructure and is of major significance to most other areas of society. Any extensive and long-lasting crisis in i.e. the electricity sector or the oil sector could mean crisis for large sections of society; the private and public sectors are both dependent on energy being supplied.

Contingency planning is only exerted, if a situation cannot be managed using the resources available in the daily operations. Contingency planning includes measures aimed at preventing-, reducing the impact of- and rectifying circumstances in crisis situations.

Contingency planning covers all forms of crisis situations, during peacetime and during war, caused by threats from nature, human beings and technology, including acts of terrorism. In the energy sector, the purpose of contingency planning is to ensure that the most important parts of energy supply to society are maintained and can continue. 

Cyber threats

The different energy sectors have optimised and streamlined operations by using IT systems to manage energy production and the balance and supply of energy. This has increased the sectors’ vulnerability to cyber threats in general. 

IT threats are rarely restricted to one sector only. Therefore, The Danish Energy Agency cooperates with other authorities and companies in the sector to find collective solutions to manage these threats.

International cooperation

Crisis situations often cross borders. Therefore, they may affect other countries, i.e. neighbouring countries with interconnected infrastructure. As such, it is necessary to look beyond national borders, and also learn from each other’s experiences, in order to prevent and manage crisis situations.

Denmark participates in international cooperation concerning the energy sectors within both the EU, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and with the other Nordic countries.

The new EU regulation about electricity preparedness aims to strengthen the regional cooperation about contingency planning, which is in line with the already existing Nordic cooperation about electricity preparedness. …

NordBER is a formally established Nordic cooperation, where the transmission system operators (TSO’s) and the energy authorities in the five Nordic countries coordinate their contingency planning within the electricity sector.

Denmark’s membership of both the EU and IEA means that the Danish oil preparedness is based on international rules and regulations. The existing European Council Directive on oil stocks attempts to bring the system in line with the IEA’s crisis mechanisms and internationally recognised rules. Thus, Denmark has oil stocks equivalent of 81 days oil consumption in order to be able to contribute to oil crisis management at a global level.