As HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the new biomass based block at the Asnæs Power Station, all energy to Novozymes in Kalundborg comes from other sources than oil and coal.  
  
"Today, we complete a circle of investments into energy efficiency and sustainability. Now, our entire supply of electricity, heat and steam in Kalundborg comes from other sources than coal and oil”, says Thomas Videbæk, Executive Vice President and COO at Novozymes. 

An agreement between Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, Kalundborg Forsyning and Ørsted has enabled Denmark's largest coal-fired power station unit, the Asnæs Power Station, to phase out coal and replace it with wood chips. Novozymes sources steam from the power station. 

Novozymes’ production in Kalundborg uses three types of energy: Electricity, heat and steam. Over the years, significant investments have been made to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Steam was the only remaining energy source not based on renewables.

Investing to reduce environmental impact

Since 2011, Novozymes in Denmark has relied on wind power for electricity. In 2013, Novozymes and Novo Nordisk installed a biogas reactors to convert wastewater from their factories to produce electricity and heat. In 2018, Ørsted and Bigadan announced plans to convert biomass residues from Novozymes’ and Novo Nordisk’s factories to biogas.

“Novozymes’ products help tackle the world’s major problems, such as climate change. This makes it only natural to take responsibility for our own impact on the environment”, says Thomas Videbæk. “This new agreement gives us a stable supply of green steam at competitive terms. In this way, it also supports an efficient production in Kalundborg with good jobs."

The Asnæs Power Station is owned and operated by Ørsted.

"With the participation of HRH The Crown Prince, we have now marked the end of a major transformation. Asnæs Power Station has a new and greener life that benefits citizens and businesses in Kalundborg and contributes to Denmark's green conversion," says Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz, CEO at Ørsted.

    Good to know

  • Sourcing steam generated from wood chips instead of coal enables Novozymes to reduce its CO2 emissions by 31,000 tons from 2019 - 2020. This corresponds to the annual emissions from 13,000 cars. The conversion from coal to wood chips at Asnæs Power Station will result in an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of around 800,000* tons. This corresponds to the annual CO2 emissions from more than 400,000* cars.

  • The conversion from coal to wood chips at Asnæs Power Station will result in an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of around 800,000* tons. This corresponds to the annual CO2 emissions from more than 400,000* cars.

  • In 2019, Novozymes’ customers avoided an estimated 87 million tons of CO2 emissions by applying Novozymes’ products. The savings achieved are equivalent to taking approximately 36 million cars off the road.

  • Novozymes has a global production and will continue to focus on climate change in its operations and intends to invest further in energy-efficiency projects, increase its share of renewable electricity and explore opportunities to generate energy from waste streams. Novozymes has also started developing programs to achieve zero waste and manage water in balance with local conditions in the long term at its production sites.

  • *Estimates by Ørsted.