Without an innovative energy sector, we will not achieve the climate goals

3. December 2020

A significantly greener industry and transport sector is a prerequisite for us to achieve our goal of a 70 percent reduction by 2030. Airplanes and trucks should refuel green instead of black; ship traffic must pick up the pace and find the batteries, and the manufacturing industry must be able to take the next step from energy-saving light bulbs and Genvex to a CO2-free everyday life. It is the task of the energy sector to raise all innovative sails to help other industries on their way with innovative storage, new types of fuel and better use of resources.

It attracted attention when Dansk Energi, Andel, Danfoss, Energinet, Dansk Shell, Siemens Energy, and a number of other players in mid-November came together on a number of recommendations for a national strategy for Power to X.

The actors, which include industry organisations from the energy producing, energy consuming, energy distributing and energy saving side, agree to point to Power-to-X as the crucial element in realising the Danish climate goals and turning black into green in both industry and heavy transport – and there is every reason to pay attention.

On the one hand, the composition of companies and organisations is so broadly based across the value chain and sectors that most views and blind spots seem to be heard and seen – and on the other hand, the whole premise of success with a Danish Power-to-X strategy rests precisely on all value chains across sectors working together to design the innovative solutions needed.

There is no doubt that innovation in Power-to-X is a key in phasing out fossil fuels in favour of green alternatives. The industry and transport sector demand new technological solutions and innovation, and as an actor in the energy sector you can only get excited about this.

It is our responsibility

We must deliver the innovation and create the technological solutions that enable the industry and the transport sector to go greener at work.

It is a help we would very much like to provide. We can see how much it means to put green power in the socket, and we need to spread that transition to even more areas. This is where the next big breakthroughs are to be found – to connect the green energy to the sector, so that we can pour sunshine on the car, bunker the ship with wave energy and put wind energy into storage.

This can be, for example, in the form of newly developed electro-fuels or innovative storage in stone bunkers.

When we manage to crack the code that makes green energy usable for more people, we can then produce green fuels at full force to meet the needs of industry and transport.