A little more than 50 per cent of Denmark’s electricity was powered by wind and solar in 2020. 2020 thereby surpassed 2019 as the greenest year ever in Danish electricity history.Read more
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The project ‘Water Smart Cities’ has over the last four years researched in urban water management. The research has shown that the green transition and the environment will benefit from improved water management with increased digitisation.
The Danish capital’s utilities, including Ørsted, ARC, Hofor and Vestforbrænding, have set up a new carbon capture and storage consortium, “C4”. The partners aim to capture 3 million tonnes of CO2 per year, which is approx. 15 per cent of the reductions needed to realise the Danish 2030 climate target.
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners plans to build Europe’s so far largest Power-to-X-facility in Esbjerg, Denmark. A green investment of EUR 1 billion that will help convert power from offshore wind turbines to green ammonia for the agriculture industry, district energy for Esbjerg households and green fuel for the shipping industry.
Through seven years of research, the project CITIES has shown how digital solutions based on data-driven methods make energy systems talk with each other. It saves money and CO2. Here are five significant key findings from the research.
The Danish government will increase its energy saving efforts with new ambitious energy saving targets by 2030. The government will reduce its energy consumption by a further 42,480 MWh in buildings owned and used by state administration. In other buildings used by state institutions, energy consumption must be reduced by 10 per cent within the next 10 years.
Danish researchers have found that agriculture can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent using the new SkyClean technology. At the same time, we can introduce “climate neutral aviation fuel”. Now, a new report shows that SkyClean is likely to be cheaper for society – also cheaper than other technologies with a comparable potential.
Denmark has reached a landmark agreement on the construction of an energy hub in the North Sea. The energy hub will be an artificially constructed island 80 kilometres from the shore of the peninsula Jutland. It will be owned by a public-private partnership. The hub will strengthen the integration of Europe’s power grids and increase renewable electricity production necessary for a climate neutral Europe.
A consortium consisting of ten project partners has received funding for the three-year ‘DecomBlades’ project, which seeks to provide basis for commercialisation of sustainable techniques for recycling wind turbine blades.
Denmark’s largest utility company, HOFOR, is sending drones up into the sky at night to find leakages in the district heating grid. The drones support pre-emptive maintenance efforts, cut costs, and reduce CO2 emissions.
Denmark is establishing two new energy islands off the coast of Denmark. The energy islands will be completed by 2030, and will be able to supply 5 GW of power from offshore windfarms. This is enough to meet the average electricity consumption of 5 million households. New visualisations reveal what the larger of the two islands may look like.
Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm to date – Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm – is now ready to send green electricity to the Danes’ sockets. In the long term, the park will be able to supply what corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approx. 600,000 households.
The world’s first waste-free society. This is what the Bornholm-based waste company BOFA, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (DSNC) and global food company Nestlé are working to create on the Danish island of Bornholm in an ambitious pilot project to reuse and recycle plastic packaging. The partnership is part of BOFA’s new development platform, Zero Waste Bornholm, and their hope is to share scalable knowledge and technologies with partners in and outside of Denmark.
The mineral olivine is able to capture large quantities of atmospheric CO2 and could help emitters reduce their climate footprint, says geologist Kristoffer Szilas, who is now starting a big research project to explore the matter.
For the first time ever, Denmark’s official dietary guidelines do not only guide Danes on how to eat healthier, but also on how to eat more climate-friendly. The new official dietary guidelines are part of the government’s ambition to reduce the climate footprint by 70 per cent by 2030.
From 1 January 2021, Danish citizens must pay a minimum of 4 kroner (EUR 0.54) for a plastic carrier bag. At the same time, lightweight plastic bags will be banned. This is part of the Danish government’s strategy to bring down the consumption of plastic carrier bags and increase recycling.
An additional 72 cities and municipalities around the world are joining “Race to Zero”, a global campaign to mobilise cities, businesses, regions, and investors around a green and just recovery ahead of next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. A record-high 46 Danish municipalities have joined, so now a total of 66 Danish municipalities are in the race.