Utilising the potential of waste while limiting the amount of waste that goes to landfill
Traditionally, waste has only been considered a health hazard and an environmental problem. Today, however, waste is considered a potential resource for the production of nutrients for agriculture and as a source of energy.
As the global population increases so does the consumption of goods and the creation of waste. Successful waste management is about utilising the potential of waste by increasing recycling and reuse of materials while limiting the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
Denmark has an ambitious national strategy that aims at recycling 50 per cent more waste by 2020 and to increase utilisation of waste as a resource.
We invite you to explore waste-related solutions in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how waste-related technologies can help solve your waste issues.
A large majority of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) want to decrease the consumption of shopping bags and increase re-use. In the future, shops will be required to request payment for shopping bags and thin plastic bags will be prohibited completely.
Friday 6 of December 2019, 8 out of the 10 parties in the Danish Parliament agreed on a legally binding national Climate Act. With a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 (compared to the 1990 level), it raises the Danish ambitions and encourages other countries to follow suit.
The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest ‘State of the Environment’ report, which was released today, stresses that Europe faces urgent and unprecedented environmental challenges. However, the future is not entirely bleak: there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and accelerated EU action such as the European Green Deal.
Cold chain technology has been a game changer for Indian banana farmers. Their income has tripled, while banana wastage has been brought down by almost 20 per cent. In 2018, the first Indian bananas were exported to Europe by ship, which marks a new era for the world’s banana giant.
Imagine a carpet made from recycled materials embracing and achieving the principles of cradle-to-cradle in every aspect of production. ege®, a foresighted carpet manufacturer from Herning, Denmark, has since 1938 kept up with time, constantly improving production practices aligned with the company’s CSR objectives and is now able to produce a 100 per cent recycled carpet.
Five Danish cities feature in the 2019 Cities 100 report, a publication which shines the spotlight on 100 of the most forward-thinking and inclusive climate action projects worldwide. The projects demonstrate how the cities are working toward fulfilling the Paris Agreement and solving the climate crisis.
New Danish partnership between companies and researchers are developing a new method of recycling plastic, which would otherwise end up incinerated or as landfill. The technology can help reduce oil consumption and CO2 emissions – and be a really good business for Danish companies.
The next application round for P4G funding to partnerships with a sustainable business model is open. Funding of between USD 100,000 to USD 1,000,000 is available to either partnerships with a start-up or a scale-up concept.
Sustainability and climate change were the main issues discussed when the Nordic prime ministers met in Reykjavík on 20 August. Their new vision for the Nordic Council of Ministers articulates clearly that they want Nordic co-operation to be a more effective instrument in efforts to make the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. The other agenda items were also addressed in the light of the climate situation.
The global transition towards a circular economy can not only reduce negative impacts on the environment and the climate, but also holds great potential for the competitiveness of Danish companies. Nonetheless, a new Danish Metal survey among union representatives reveals that many companies in the industry are not fully exploiting the profitable opportunities.
If everyone were to live the way we do in Denmark, three complete Planet Earths would be required. It already takes nature a little over 18 months to restore the resources consumed by the world population in just one year. That’s why we need to rethink the way we consume. And there’s no time to […]
This Waste Prevention Strategy deals with how we can produce and consume using fewer resources. Products can be designed better from the start so that they are manufactured with fewer resources and substances of concern. This generates less waste, and once we have finished using the products, we can recycle the materials in the manufacture […]
3 million end-of-life tires (ELT) are collected every year across the EU countries. But the way they are processed is far from optimal. Although most of ELT are recycled, one third are still incinerated for energy purposes. These ELT are treated as waste instead of the valuable resource they are. The consequences of not recycling […]
Since 2014, Ramboll has provided consultancy services to Kwinana’s Waste-to-Energy Project, which reached Financial Close on 17 October 2018. Ramboll was instrumental in structuring the project, as well as negotiating the contract with Acciona Construction for designing and building the plant and negotiating the contract with Veolia Australia for operating the facility. Australia’s first large-scale […]
This publication is the outcome of a yearlong exchange of knowledge and experience between Denmark and New York, initiated by State of Green and implemented in collaboration with Danish Cleantech Hub in New York. The core of the project was a week-long circular site visit tour to Denmark for a group of selected New Yorkers […]
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
This publication provides readers with the lessons learned in Denmark relating to the abatement of Danish air pollution. It explores such topics as environmental regulation and energy policy in a Danish context, the specific pollutants that have negative impacts, and the abatement strategies that have been carried out in Denmark.
In 2014, the Danish government decided to allocate a pool of money for pilot projects that would combine the promotion of green transition and the creation of green jobs in Denmark. This was decided due to the fact that Denmark has many unemployed academics, who are ready to contribute to the established labor market with their many resources. Project “Green Change […]
Kolding Municipality is one of 10 Danish municipalities, which are going to support a sustainable future through education aimed at the 0-20 year olds. The aim of the project is for the municipalities to create local “Green Generation Strategies” to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The project runs until the end of 2016, where a Green […]
Ash from combustion of bio-fuel in power plants contains heavy metals and is currently regarded as a waste product only to be recycled to plantations and cultivated fields in small amounts. ASHBACK aims to improve the economy of bio-fuels by enabling more ash recycling through increased knowledge about both its safety and side effects. Centre […]
Soil is literally the foundation on which we will build a sustainable future. Despite this, soil is contaminated, exploited, and degraded all over the world. Insides this White Paper is an overview of the Danish sector for soil and groundwater remediation and the companies which contribute to its development.
The project “Waste Taste” addresses how primary fruit, vegetable, and berry producers can use vacuum-drying to avoid or reduce their food waste. This is done by converting the waste into valuable food ingredients and new products via an energy-efficient vacuum-drying technique. The project will investigate the food waste from primary producers, such as the waste […]
Three Danish cities at the forefront of implementing sustainable urbanisation “Green Urban Denmark” is a publication jointly prepared by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg and the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. It highlights how Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg have developed and implemented green urbanization and […]
Removing contamination from the soil is expensive. For this reason, the Capital Region is working together with companies and researchers to develop new methods. One promising method is to run a low electrical voltage through contaminated boulder clay, add “bacteria food” (reactants) and bacteria to eat the contamination. This method uses up to 25% less […]
Do something about the energy resources As the world’s population grows and emerging economies expands rapidly, global demand and competition for energy are set to intensify in the decades to come. This will probably drive up prices of the world’s finite oil and other fossil fuel resources. Our energy resources are concentrated largely in a […]
We incinerate an enormous amount of waste in Denmark; waste which we could get much more out of by more recycling and better recycling. Now, we are going to change this. The Government has set a goal that in 2022 we will be recycling 50 % of our household waste. This means that we will […]
Copenhagen assumes its share of the responsibility for climate change with the CPH 2025 Climate Plan. We want to show that it is possible to combine growth, development and increased quality of life with the reduction of CO2 emissions. It is all about finding solutions that are smarter, greener, healthier and more profitable. And by 2025 we will be able […]
In many countries, far too many valuable materials end up in waste incineration plants or landfills instead of being reused. Many technological, knowledge-based and political solutions to increase recycling of waste already exist, including waste separation technologies, transfer of surplus materials between enterprises, policy frameworks and recycling targets. As one of the most waste-producing countries in the world, Denmark has been motivated to take action. The Danish government has decided to change the course of action for waste management through an ambitious waste management policy, which focuses on more waste recycling and improving the quality of the recycled material. Highlighted targets include 50 per cent more recycling of waste by 2020, increased waste separation and removal of hazardous substances from material sent for recycling.
Denmark has incinerated waste for more than 100 years and for most of that time utilised the derived energy to produce power and/or heat – the latter mostly as district heating. The waste burned in incineration plants is mostly biomass with low fossil carbon content, which contributes to an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the valuable contribution to non-fossil energy production in Denmark, incineration entails a loss of materials and resources, which could have been recycled. Consequently, the Danish government has presented a new strategic approach to waste – encouraging recycling over incineration. By 2022, 50 per cent more household waste will be recycled instead of incinerated.
Denmark is home to technology providers across the entire waste management system from collection and sorting, through treatment, recycling, incineration and landfilling. Moreover, as a result of continuous development of waste strategies in close cooperation with the industry and academia, policy-makers in Denmark has accumulated vast experience on developing a more efficient and responsible waste system for the benefit of citizens, business and the environment.
For further information on waste, please contact Gry Brostrøm, Senior Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org