Port of Esbjerg News Brief - November 2021
Fresh from their negotiations at the COP26 climate summit, the world’s leaders managed to agree on the Glasgow Climate Pact, and although the outcome was less ambitious than we had hoped for, the summit demonstrated global consensus that climate action must be given top priority. Danish technologies and solutions – such as the Energy Island – attracted a great deal of attention at the Glasgow summit.
Already on his way to Scotland, David Hochschild, Chair of the California Energy Commission, stopped at Esbjerg to study Danish research. Hochschild is overseeing the project to install 5 GW of wind power capacity off the coast of California, and a visit to the port of Esbjerg was therefore a logical move. He wanted to learn from the many measures we have taken and the experience we have gained at Esbjerg. I take it as a pat on the back that he chose to visit us.
If we want to remain an inspiration and a leading international hub for offshore wind, we need more space. We are therefore delighted to have received the go-ahead for a 750,000 m2 port expansion. This will enable us to warehouse more wind turbines and thus to contribute even more towards meeting the EU’s ambitious offshore wind targets. Click here to learn more.
We are also committed to accelerating the green transition of the port itself and the value chain we are a part of. Shore-to-ship power plays a key role in this endeavour. We erected the first plants in January, and more and more companies at the port are becoming wise to the benefits of turning off their generators and using green wind energy instead while docked at the port of Esbjerg. Our shore-to-ship power customers come in all shapes and sizes and include Fanølinjen, large turbine installation vessels like Sea Challenger and Sea Installer and the Maersk Resolute drilling rig at the North Harbour. Click here to learn more.
The green solutions that we and our customers envisage developing, implementing and selling will require a lot of dedicated and highly skilled manpower in the years ahead. That is why we have helped design new education and training programmes embracing the reality that we all face. Last week, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited the port to attend the presentation of Green Skills – an initiative to put together education and training programmes for the green transition to ensure that our development is not brought to a standstill because of a shortage of the right skills. We believe Green Skills is a sensible and necessary measure.
Lastly, allow me to announce that Port Esbjerg is heading for the European management, environmental and health & safety elite. We have just been awarded three ISO certifications – in quality management, environmental management and occupational health & safety – which were achieved on the back of the sustainability strategy that was implemented just over two years ago. Click here to learn more.
Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO