Green, greener, Denmark: Growing up, we are raised to think critically and taught to constantly revisit conventional solutions in Denmark.
That’s how innovation became a part of the Danish DNA and why we can proudly call ourselves pioneers of sustainability. Talking to NATULIQUE family members from other parts of the world, we feel a great interest in “the Danish way” of living.
In this mini-series, we’re introducing you to four areas of the Danish sustainable lifestyle. This week we’re talking renewable energy. #thisishowwedoit
When it comes to renewable energy, Denmark is a true pioneer. From 3% in 1980, Denmark’s share of renewable energy rose to nearly 40% in 2019. In 1979 we were the first nation worldwide to install a wind turbine and still are the world leader in wind power today.
Together, two Danish-born companies, MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa, provide one third of the world’s wind energy. Quite impressive for such a small country, right?
Currently, a giant offshore park is being constructed on the Danish island Møn. When opened in 2022 it will produce enough electricity to power 600,000 households – simply amazing!
When waste turns to gold
Despite these strong numbers, wind isn’t even our greatest source of sustainable energy. Instead, Denmark is also powered by waste!
The Danish expertise in agriculture allowed us to recognize the gold that lies within residues such as wood waste, straw and manure. As the basis for biogas and liquid biofuels, this biomass helps produce enough bioenergy to make up for more than 70% of Denmark’s total renewable energy. Repurposing at its best!
While that’s already great, we acknowledge that we are still far from where we should be to protect our planet’s resources.
Together with many other Danish companies, NATULIQUE optimized its production processes to limit the consumption of energy, but also water and packaging to an absolute minimum.
Our government aims to reduce the total energy consumption by 7% in 2020, compared to the consumption of 2010. Moreover, both the private and public sector committed to an energy system without fossil fuels by 2050. More and more power plants are already switching to the use of wood pellets, wood chips or straw.
Together, all of these factors resulted in Denmark becoming the most efficient energy system worldwide. The World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index tool found Denmark to score best in the worldwide comparison of energy security, energy accessibility, affordability and environmental sustainability.