Port Esbjerg News Brief – September 2019

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Welcome to the Port Esbjerg News Brief

The Danish government has announced its ambition for a 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and a few days ago, the Confederation of Danish Industry offered its support by tabling 150 specific proposals that would reduce emissions by 65 per cent.

Increasingly, different institutions and organisations join forces, focusing their efforts to save our climate. For Port Esbjerg, this means we must be ready for the future which is gradually taking shape based on political statements and supportive announcements from Danish industry.

Fortunately, we’re already well under way. At Port Esbjerg, climate has long been an issue high on our agenda and it is included in our work on a day-to-day basis. Many of the harbour areas have been prepared for a future in which wind, not least, will come to play a greater role.

However, wind farms are not built in a day. Tenders take two to three years to prepare and then the farms take a few years to build. In other words, the many wind farms that many people expect to be imminent will not be built until 2023-2024 onwards. It is important not to waste valuable time, and at Port Esbjerg, we must take additional steps to prepare, adding capacity, new concepts and the necessary skills if the ambitions for the future are to materialise. That goes for Port Esbjerg and, not least, for the businesses that make up the hub. A big, joint effort is required to open the door to large opportunities going forward.

Businesses have prepared for Brexit

Brexit is another issue we are following closely. We are in daily contact with our peers and our customers, and we are now reaching out to all our stakeholders. This August, the Danish Minister for Taxation visited Port Esbjerg together with the agricultural organisations and industry to discuss Brexit. How that issue will unfold is still unclear.

In this News Brief, you can read about how many of the businesses at our port have prepared and also about the Confederation of Danish Industry who tells us that most companies are well prepared, no matter the final outcome. Click here to read more.

The News Brief also contains an interview with three newly-appointed spokespersons on energy policy from three Danish parties: the Social Democrats, the Liberal Party and the Socialist People’s Party. They all offer proactive agendas about green energy solutions and all three talk of visions that may have decisive and significant effects on Port Esbjerg. Click here to read more.

A group of unique dock workers

Losseklubben af 1944 was formed at the port of Esbjerg in September 1944. It is an association of dock workers, primarily casual workers, organising the work for the dock workers at the port till this day.

At the 75th anniversary of its formation, Losseklubben af 1944 organises two daily muster calls, so companies can hire staff for jobs at only hours’ notice. This is unique. The jobs vary greatly, but are crucial to the operations of the port. Click here to read the report on a day at the muster office. 

Enjoy the read!

Dennis Jul Pedersen

CEO

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