The Folketing, Denmark’s parliament, has agreed an ambitious plan that combines climate action and economic recovery and gives the green light to the construction of two massive energy islands. It also gives the green light for a further 1-GW of offshore wind power in addition to the offshore wind energy islands
Together, the energy islands will have a capacity of 5 GW. And, apart from the 5-GW energy islands, a 1-GW offshore windfarm will be built at Hesselø.
Denmark’s Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen said, “With the agreement today, Denmark is again at the forefront of the green transition, and at the same time we are paving the way for a green recovery of the economy with some of the largest long-term infrastructure investment ever.
“We are creating two new energy islands, which means that Denmark is the first country in the world to embark on a whole new era for renewable energy.
“At the same time, we invest significantly in the development of future-oriented technology and take important steps towards a green transformation of the heating sector and industry.
“I am very proud that we have succeeded in making a broad green agreement that will get us closer to reaching our climate goals and create thousands of Danish green jobs.”
Climate Minister Dan Jørgensen said, “With the establishment of the world’s first two energy islands and the world’s largest investment in green fuels, Denmark is taking global climate leadership seriously again.
“We are showing the rest of the world that climate action and economic recovery go hand in hand. I am very happy with the agreement today and would like to say a big thank you to the parties behind the agreement.”