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10 green news stories from Denmark in 2022

With a significant focus on energy transition, 2022 has been buzzing with new climate pledges and cross-border initiatives. In this recap, we serve the ten most popular news stories published in 2022.
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22 December 2022

2022 has in many ways been a year in the name of energy – both in positive and challenging terms. With surging prices and the continuing energy crisis, readers have been drawn to insights on how Denmark and Danish businesses seek to help close the gap and provide sustainable energy solutions supporting the wider green transition. Attention was also drawn to energy efficiency and water management with the International Energy Agency’s Annual Global Conference in Sønderborg and the International Water Association’s World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen as two major events taking place in Denmark this year.

Below you get the ten most popular articles published by State of Green in 2022.

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Perspective: Sustainable energy - the power of the future

How do we ensure access to clean and affordable energy for all and halt climate change, without stalling economic progress? The answer needs a global response, which is why the United Nations has chosen energy as the focus of the Sustainable Development Goal number 7, aiming to ensure affordable and clean energy for all.

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1. Denmark to quadruple onshore wind and solar generation by 2030

Published 19 April 2022

In an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, the Danish government presented plans to boost solar and onshore wind. The proposal also includes initatives to phase-out of natural gas, increase renewable gas and build out the district heating grid and harvest the full potential of the North Sea.

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Perspective: Harnessing the North Sea’s green energy potential

With its enormous green energy potential, the North Sea has the capacity to become a regional green energy engine. Get inspired on how Europe can turn the North Sea into a continental green powerhouse.

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2. EU leaders convene in Esbjerg to harness the North Sea’s green energy potential

Published on 11 May 2022

To speed up the buildout of renewable energy in the North Sea, Denmark hosted heads of states from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen for the North Sea Summit on the 18 of May in Esbjerg.

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3. World leaders turbocharge progress in the global capital of energy efficiency

Published 10 June 2022

More than 20 ministers and representatives from nearly 70 countries joined the world’s most important conference on energy efficiency on 7-9 June in Denmark. In driving urgently needed improvements in energy efficiency, the IEA’s 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency concluded with the Sønderborg Action Plan.

Read the full article: World leaders turbocharge progress in the global capital of energy efficiency

Related news: The world’s first artificial energy island is one step closer

Denmark’s energy island in the North Sea is one step closer to realisation following a new political agreement formed by the Danish Parliament. As a bedrock in Denmark’s Climate Act, the 10 GW North Sea energy island hub seeks to supply green electricity to millions of homes.

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4. Denmark to host The Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit

Published 24 August 2022

On 30 August, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen hosted European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and government heads from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland for a high-level summit to strengthen EU’s independence from Russian gas, improve energy security and harness the Baltic Sea’s untapped offshore energy potential.

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5. Denmark and Germany agree to landmark energy project that can supply up to 4.5 million European homes with green electricity

Published 29 August 2022

Denmark and Germany agreed to complete the planned Bornholm Energy Island, after Minister Habeck and Jørgensen gave the go-ahead to connect it to their respective countries. When established in 2030, the Energy Island will be the first of its kind and can supply 3.3 – 4.5 million Danish and German households with green electricity.

Read the full article: Denmark and Germany agree to landmark energy project that can supply up to 4.5 million European homes with green electricity

6. Denmark is one step closer to a climate-neutral waste sector

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Published on 1 September 2022

Through a string of broad political agreements, Denmark moves closer to its objective of attaining a climate-neutral waste sector by 2030.

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Related news: Denmark’s water solutions can catalyse change across the world

On 11-15 September 2022, more than 8000 leading figures in the water sector joined the International Water Association’s World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen. To share key insights and takeaways from this year’s congress, State of Green spoke to Anders Bækgaard, Congress President of IWA Denmark 2022.

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7. Sharing knowhow and solutions is key to solving the world’s water challenges

Published 30 September 2022

Against a backdrop of global water insecurity and a summer of record-breaking droughts, more than one hundred Danish leading companies in the water sector joined the International Water Association’s World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen. At the biggest ever convening of its kind, State of Green asked Ramboll, Envidan, Kamstrup, and Danish Water Industries Federation to share key insights and takeaways from congress.

Read the full article: Sharing knowhow and solutions is key to solving the world’s water challenges

8. Denmark, Flanders and Belgium sign groundbreaking arrangement on cross-border transportation of CO2 for geological storage

Published on 30 September 2022

Denmark, Flanders and Belgium have concluded a specific arrangement, which makes it possible to transport CO2 between the two countries with the purpose of permanent geological storage. They are the first countries in the world to enter into such a bilateral arrangement.

Read the full article: Denmark, Flanders and Belgium sign groundbreaking arrangement on cross-border transportation of CO2 for geological storage

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White Paper: CCUS is a match made in the Danish underground

Launched at COP27, a brand-new white paper examines how Denmark is geared to exploit the benefits of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) and drive a green and just transition globally. Download the white paper here.

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Related news: Ahead of COP27: Danish energy copperation accelerates Egypt's green transition

The Danish-Egyptian energy cooperation will assist Egypt in reducing its emissions by almost 50 million tonnes CO2 annually by 2035. At the same time, the tie-up provides new opportunities for economic growth and job creation in both countries.

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9. COP27: Denmark shows climate commitment with the biggest business delegation in history

Published 18 October 2022

With the biggest Danish COP business delegation in history, Denmark made an extraordinarily strong appearance at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference #COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. The Danish delegation in Egypt consisted of representatives from more than 30 energy leaders, green investors, business associations, solutions providers, engineers, NGOs and labour organisations.

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10. Denmark tops Climate Change Performance Index

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Published 16 November 2022

Launched at COP27, Denmark is once again top of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). Denmark’s role as a progressive climate policy player and a global force within renewable energy production has been a catalyst in securing the consecutive spot as a global green frontrunner.

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Sound of Green, a podcast series with insights from Denmark’s green transition

27 January 2023
From managing cloudbursts to setting up climate partnerships, we examine how Denmark has turned acute climate challenges into new opportunities. In our podcast series Sound of Green, experts convey how Danish experiences can push the needle toward global green transition. Find it on Spotify, Apple Podcast and stateofgreen.com.