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Sustainability in Denmark  

For hundreds of years, Denmark was a society based on agriculture and fishing, and Danes still feel closely tied to the land and the water around them. This respect for nature is why Denmark is a pioneer in promoting sustainability. 

What is sustainability?

Sustainability means different things to different people. To the Danes, sustainability is a holistic approach that includes renewable energy, water management, waste recycling, and green transportation including the bicycling culture. 

Through decades of extraordinary and sustained efforts, Denmark has built a world-class green energy system that delivers a cleaner everyday life and more green energy.

In particular, Denmark has focused on making buildings more energy-efficient, an important contributor in a country where heating is required for more than half of the year. 

Danish companies are among the global market leaders when it comes to making buildings efficient, particularly Rockwool (insulation), Velux (windows), Danfoss (heating applications), and Grundfos (careful use of water.) 

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Denmark is keen to do its part in helping the United Nations to achieve its 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and has developed a specific action plan to address both environmental sustainability and social goals like equality and inclusion.

Shipping green

Another field in which Denmark is setting the course for sustainability is shipping.

Maersk Line of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group is the world’s largest container shipping company and one of the largest companies in Denmark. Maersk has made it a priority to address the CO2 impact of shipping, which is expected to grow up to 250 % by 2050 without an intervention, according to the International Maritime Organisation. 

The newest addition to Maersk's fleet, eleven Triple-E second-generation container ships, will cut CO2 emissions by 35 percent per container moved compared to the industry average for Asia-Europe trade. A full 400 meters long, they are the largest vessels currently in use and the most environmentally efficient container vessels ever made. 

Sustainable Samso

In the very middle of Denmark lies Samso island, famous for its delicious potatoes. Since 2007, Samso has been 100 % sustainable, relying entirely on renewable energy such as wind, solar, and biomass energy. 

To meet that goal, many of Samso's inhabitants replaced their oil-burning heaters and insulated their homes.

Now the island is implementing a new strategy for re-using all waste. A new biogas plant will even produce the necessary power for the ferry "Princess Isabella" that connects Samso with mainland Denmark. 


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