The Danish Government Praises Green Transition of the Food and Beverage Industry

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This Tuesday the first results from the project “Electrification of the food and beverage industry” was presented at an opening conference in Copenhagen. The Danish Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries was present at the conference hosted by the Confederation of Danish Industry, and he showed great excitement for the project.

The project “Electrification of the food and beverage industry” revolves around a partnership consisting of The Danish Food and Drink Federation, The Danish Energy Industries Federation, The Danish Agriculture & Food Council, Danish Energy, Technical University of Denmark, and Viegand Maagøe.

The project is financially supported by the Danish Industry Foundation. Based on 20 concrete cases from selected Danish food companies the project will illustrate how industrial processes can be converted from fossil fuels to electricity.

The project is built around four themes, which will be illustrated through a number of companies. The first theme is “drying and evaporation processes”.

Earlier this year the project was launched, and this Tuesday, a large number of Danish food companies were invited to the opening conference to learn about how to electrify their production equipment.

After six months of analyzes and company visits, the project partners were able to show how electrification of the food industry can reduce 2 % of the CO2 emissions in Denmark.

“The analyzes from the companies show interesting potential based on general investment principles. At the same time, it also reduces CO2 emissions significantly,” said CEO at Viegand Maagøe Søren Eriksen from the stage at the Confederation of Danish Industry.

Electrification of production processes supports the green transition of the food and beverage industry. Conclusively, the project strengths the Danish competitive position and promotes the Danish export of green products, technologies, and solutions. Calculations from DTU show that 97 % of all processes and energy use in the food industry can be converted to electricity.

Positive reactions from the Danish Government

The Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Mogens Jensen, was present at the conference to gather inspiration for the Danish Government’s work with green transformation within the industry. He was very excited about the good work in the participating companies.

“The Danish food industry has put a lot of effort and energy into the project. A characteristic of the sector is that you work hard to find solutions, when you face challenges”, Mogens Jensen said.

The companies shared their experiences

The companies represented in the first theme are Lactosan, KMC, Arla Foods Ingredients, TripleNine, and CP Kelco. Three of the companies traveled to Copenhagen to discuss their experiences on the stage.

“It is very important for CP Kelco to contribute to the green transition. Focus on sustainable production is important for our competitiveness. Also, the transition from natural gas to green electricity is a way for us to do it,” says Jørn Stryger, Factory Director at CP Kelco.

At Arla Foods Ingredients they also look positively at the possibility of replacing fossil fuels with green electricity.

“Electrification and optimization are among the most important tools to achieve our goals, and this project could very well be a solution for us,” stated Mogens Bøgh Pedersen, Factory Director at Arla Foods Ingredients.

More than 50 % of the energy consumption in the Danish food and beverage industry is based on fossil fuels.

Many industrial processes can be converted from fossil fuels to electricity and thus simultaneously reduce the energy consumption and displace large quantities of CO2 emissions. A decarbonization by electrification in Denmark will be possible since the plan is to base the power production 100 % on non-fossil fuels in the future.

The project “Electrification of the food and beverage industry” can accelerate the green transition of the industry that shows a significant potential. The project partners are The Danish Food and Drink Federation, The Danish Energy Industries Federation, The Danish Agriculture & Food Council, Danish Energy, Technical University of Denmark, and Viegand Maagøe. The project is financially supported by the Danish Industry Foundation.

Viegand Maagøe awarded global green transition projects

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For the next 3 years Viegand Maagøe will assist the Danish Energy Agency in sharing Danish know-how to achieve a better, faster global green transition.

In consortium with COWI, EA Energianalyse and DTU Viegand Maagøe has been awarded 5 out of 6 framework contracts for Consultancy Services to the Danish Energy Agency’s Energy Country Programs and Projects from 2020-2023.

As a result, Viegand Maagøe will be part of the Danish Energy Agency’s Global Cooperation effort for the next 3 years, sharing Danish green transition experience with countries around the globe.

CEO of Viegand Maagøe Søren Eriksen says:

“We are very content and proud of the new contracts, which will be an important part of our efforts in supporting the global green transition. We already had the pleasure of working with the Danish Energy Agency in selected countries and we look forward to more cooperation around the world. We know the potential is huge when Danish experiences shape energy systems combining green, low-carbon and reliable energy supply with economic growth.”

Leading energy efficiency

The Global Cooperation effort works out of countries like Mexico, Vietnam, Ukraine, China and the USA. The 5 contracts each cover a global theme:

  • Energy planning and modelling
  • Renewable energy integration
  • Offshore wind development
  • Energy efficiency
  • Climate change mitigation planning and modelling.

Viegand Maagøe is lead on the Energy Efficiency contract and partner on the other contracts.

Read more about our services

Read about the Danish Energy Agency’s Global Cooperation

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020

Unlocking Private Financing for Energy Efficiency Investments

Our Head of Strategy, Carsten Glenting, participated in the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020 Policy Conference last week, where he was an expert panelists at the “Unlocking Private Financing for Energy Efficiency Investments: Gearing up to support the European Green Deal” session.

He emphasises that:

“Energy efficiency investments in buildings and industry can provide a cost-effective contribution to the ambition of a climate neutral economy and at the same time act as a kick-starter for the EU recovery.”

Read more at the link below:

https://eusew.eu/unlocking-private-financing-energy-efficiency-investments-gearing-support-european-green-deal


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