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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 

A number of Danish companies have formed a partnership to develop an industrial-scale production facility in the Copenhagen area to produce sustainable fuels for all sectors of the transport industry.

A.P. Moller - Maersk, Copenhagen Airports, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted have brought together the demand and supply side of sustainable fuels in a new partnership with the concrete vision to develop a hydrogen and e-fuel production facility as soon as 2023. When fully scaled-up by 2030, the project could deliver more than 250,000t of sustainable fuel for maritime, road and air transport per annum. Production would potentially be based on a total electrolyser capacity of 1.3GW, which would make it one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind and help to reduce annual carbon emissions by 850,000 tonnes.

COWI and BCG act as knowledge partners for the project, and the project is supported by the Municipality of Copenhagen in line with Copenhagen’s ambitious policies for decarbonisation. If realised, the project could supply renewable methanol for A.P. Moller - Maersk vessels as well as fuels for other transport sectors. Renewable electricity for the project could come from offshore wind power off the island of Bornholm.

The electrolyser facility will not only be a potential cornerstone in decarbonising the partners’ businesses but will deliver a critical contribution to reaching Denmark’s ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions by 70% by 2030.

Søren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller - Maersk, said: “Decarbonising the transport sector is a significant and complex task that requires collaborative contributions from every company, organisation, and country. This project provides a first step in the massive transformation to produce and distribute sustainable energy. In Denmark, we have an opportunity now to accelerate the green transformation and take lead in powering the future with sustainable energy and I am pleased that we can contribute with concrete actions. We need many such projects both in Denmark and around the globe to achieve our ambition in Maersk of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.”

Torben Carlsen, CEO, DFDS, said: “The ability to establish a vision of an industrial-scale sustainable fuel production facility is due to the power of partnerships. The cooperation of fuel users and producers along with scientists and society is the fastest way to make sustainable fuels available as realistic alternatives to the fossil fuels we combust in our vehicles and vessels today. I hope that this partnership and our project will help us reach our goal of operating zero-emission ferries and trucks much faster than we had originally anticipated.”

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