Copenhagen aims to become carbon neutral through CCS project

Oct 26 2020

A facility for the capture of CO2 will reduce emissions from the Amager Resource Center (ARC) by 500,000 tonnes of CO2 annually and can thus significantly contribute to the City of Copenhagen’s goal of becoming the world’s first capital city in the world to become carbon-neutral.

Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) will become a central party in storing and distributing the captured CO2 to ships that sail the CO2 to storage in old oil fields in the North Sea. 

The ARC receives waste from 640,370 inhabitants and 68,000 businesses in the Copenhagen metropolitan area and mits 560,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, and from 2025 couldd capture 500,000 tonnes annually if the project’s prerequisites are met.

The project will be the first of its kind in Denmark and will contribute not only to the City of Copenhagen’s goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral capital in the world by 2025, but also to the national goal of reducing Denmark’s emissions of CO2 70 percent by the year 2030. Specifically, an annual reduction of 500,000 tonnes CO2 will correspond to approx. one percent of Denmark’s total emissions.

As one of the first and crucial steps in the project, at the end of October ARC in collaboration with CMP will submit an application to the climate action EU Innovation Fund to receive funding for both the establishment of the facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, and its operations. The amount of financial support being applied for is in the range of DKK 0.5-1 billion, which will finance up to 60 percent of the costs of the establishment of the facility and its operations for the first ten years.

The fact that Amager Bakke and Prøvestenen (which is part of CMP’s commercial port) are located in close proximity to each other, contributes to the good preconditions for a partnership between ARC and CMP. Once the CO2 is captured, it will be transported via a short pipeline to special tanks at CMP’s nearby terminal on Prøvestenen. From here, the CO2 will be pumped aboard ships, which sail it further out to the North Sea, where it will be stored in drained and empty underground oil reservoirs.

“CMP is extremely excited to be part of this project, which has a colossal potential to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in Copenhagen. For CMP, this is an excellent example of how the port can play an active role in the green transition and be part of new pioneering climate technology, which can hopefully serve as inspiration for similar projects with CO2 capture not only in Denmark but also abroad. Therefore, I hope that we get a positive response from the EU as a first step on the way to realising the project,” comments Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO, Copenhagen Malmö Port.

In addition to the need for financial support, there are a number of other framework conditions that must fall into place before the project can become a reality.

“It is absolutely vital that we have such a strong partner such as CMP on-board the project, which will make Copenhagen the world’s first climate-neutral capital city by 2025. As an added benefit, we can create local, green workplaces and an infrastructure for handling captured CO2 that potentially can be used by a number of other large CO2 emitters in the metropolitan area. Therefore, it is urgent to obtain the financing and have the framework conditions in place in a good and close dialogue with our joint owners and Folketinget, the Danish Parliament,” remarks Jacob H. Simonsen, Managing Director of ARC.

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