Denmark plans to build two giant “energy islands” as part of the world’s most ambitious offshore wind project, as the Scandinavian country increases its green programme in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The project, which will cost up to €37bn, will be the “biggest single infrastructure investment in the history” of Denmark, climate minister Dan Jorgensen told the Financial Times. “For us it is a new paradigm.” The offshore wind project was the centrepiece of a new climate package unveiled on Wednesday by the Danish government that aims to cut the country’s emissions by 70 per cent within a decade. Mr Jorgensen said the pandemic had only increased the government’s determination to boost green investments, adding that the climate plan would create thousands of jobs. Under the proposal, Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and a new artificial island in the North Sea would be transformed into hubs for multiple large wind farms. The government plans to build at least 2GW of new offshore wind power around each island by 2030, which would triple Denmark’s offshore wind capacity. The North Sea island site has the potential to expand to 10GW over time, and could eventually include factories that produce hydrogen using to wind power, the government said.
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Denmark on Wednesday proposed a more than tripling of its offshore wind capacity by building two energy islands linked to new wind farms in the Baltic and North seas to help to meet climate change targets.
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