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Top 10 green news stories of 2021

1: Denmark introduces official climate-friendly dietary guidelines 

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.

2: North Sea energy island will supply green electricity to millions of households

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.

3: This is what the world’s first energy island may look like

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.

 4: Europe’s largest PtX facility to be built in Esbjerg, Denmark

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.

5: Denmark puts an end to free plastic bags

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.

6: India and Denmark launch centre for offshore wind and renewable energy

India aims to develop 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. In reaching the target, India and Denmark now launch a joint Centre of Excellence for Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy.

7: 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.

8: Denmark to host the world’s most important conference on energy efficiency

In 2022, the International Energy Agency (IEA) will host its seventh annual global conference on energy efficiency in the city of Sønderborg, which aims at reaching net-zero by 2030. In September next year, IWA’s World Water Congress will also take place in Denmark, Copenhagen.

9: Copenhagen energy players form CCS alliance with great potential

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.

10: Denmark commissions Scandinavia’s largest wind farm

With a capacity of 604 MW, Kriegers Flak can produce enough electricity to cover the annual consumption of about 600,000 Danish households. Scandinavia’s now largest offshore wind farm is located in the Baltic Sea outside the coast of Denmark.

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