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DONG Energy’s To Make A Complete Green Shift By The Year Of 2030


DONG Energy turns out to be the first among Europe’s large power generating stations to stop using coal for its operations.

Dailycsr.com – 17 February 2017 – By the year of 2013, DONG Energy will not be using coal as fuel for powering company’s stations. The said decision complements the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by ninety six percent while through the generation of heat and power in comparison to the year of 2006.
In its Sustainability Report for the year of 2016, under the title of “Energy for a sustainable future”, DONG Energy gives out information on the working details of the company whereby it seeks to “materialise” the vision of reducing carbon emission. Ever since the year of 2006, DONG Energy has so far brought down its consumption of coal by seventy three percent. Now DONG Energy has taken a decision of completely phasing out the usage of coal, as a result of which, it will positively stop using “coal as fuel” at its power stations by the year 2023.
In the words of DONG Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Poulsen:
“We've decided to take the final step and phase out the use of coal at all our power stations. The future belongs to renewable energy sources, and therefore we're now converting the last of our coal-fired power stations to sustainable biomass”.
At DONG Energy, the reduction in coal consumption was brought about by bringing down the power stations’ number on the whole. Additionally, the company also practiced the transfer to bio-mass in the place of coal. However, the company has also built up “more production capacity” which bases itself on the “offshore wind”, whereby topping the list among global companies in this regard.
Therefore, it could be added that in the coming decade, DONG Energy, “one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe”, will turn into one of the “greenest energy companies in Europe”. Moreover, DONG Energy is also the first of the large “energy companies” in Europe to have decided the complete shift to greener energy, whereby putting end to the coal usage for producing heat and electricity. Here is a list of highlights from DONG Energy’s “Sustainability report” for the year of 2016, as mentioned by Ethical Performance –
DONG Energy:
  • “plans to end the use of coal by 2023.
  • “works to ensure that 100% of the biomass used in power and heat generation can be documented as sustainably sourced by 2020.
  • “contributes to the development of the offshore wind industry, for instance by considerably reducing the price of offshore wind.
  • “has reduced their CO2 emissions with 52% since 2006, and aim to reach a 96% reduction in 2023.
  • “accounts for more than half of Denmark’s CO2 reductions since 2006”
While, the Group Sustainability’s Director at DONG Energy, Filip Engel, added:
“We are proud to present such strong results on our previous sustainability commitments, combined with even more ambitious targets for the future. This is in line with our vision to lead the way in the transformation to a sustainable energy system and create a leading green energy company”.