some good news in the fight against climate change comes with the danish government’s plans to construct an artificial island dedicated to wind energy. to be built in the north sea, the energy hub will serve as an offshore power plant gathering and distributing green electricity from hundreds of surrounding wind turbines. detailed in an announcement released by denmark’s ministry of climate, energy and utilities, the island will span 120,000 m2 and in its first phase it will provide 3 million european households with clean energy.
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the innovative energy hub marks part of denmark’s target to transition fully to green energy: the country has introduced a cutoff date of 2050 for oil and gas extraction in the north sea and canceled all future licensing rounds. ‘this is truly a great moment for denmark and for the global green transition. this decision marks the start of a new era of sustainable energy production in denmark and the world and it links very ambitious climate goals with growth and green jobs. the energy hub in the north sea will be the largest construction project in danish history. it will make a big contribution to the realization of the enormous potential for european offshore wind, and I am excited for our future collaboration with other european countries’, says the danish minister for climate, dan jørgensen.
jørgensen continues, ‘we are at the dawn of a new era for energy. last year, denmark set a cutoff date for fossil fuel extraction. today we are taking a decisive step toward a clean energy future. the EU has set a goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and the commission has set a target of 300 GW offshore wind energy in order to attain this goal. by constructing the world’s first energy hub with a potential capacity of 10 GW, denmark significantly contributes to this ambitious target. not only by dramatically expanding renewable energy production, but also by supplying our european neighbors with an abundance of renewable energy’.