In an effort to make Copenhagen the world’s first carbon-neutral capital city, plans have been proposed for a new carbon capture facility that would capture 500,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

As one of the first steps of the project, later this month Amager Resource Centre (ARC) in collaboration with Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), will submit an application to the climate action EU Innovation Fund to receive funding for both the establishment of the facility and its operations.

The plant will capture emissions from the AMC. Once the CO2 is captured, it will be transported via a short pipeline to special tanks at CMP’s nearby terminal on Prøvestenen.

From here, the CO2 will be pumped aboard ships, which sail it further out to the North Sea, where it will be stored in drained and empty underground oil reservoirs.

Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO, Copenhagen Malmö Port, said, “CMP is extremely excited to be part of this project, which has a colossal potential to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in Copenhagen.”

“For CMP, this is an excellent example of how the port can play an active role in the green transition and be part of new pioneering climate technology, which can hopefully serve as inspiration for similar projects with CO2 capture not only in Denmark but also abroad. Therefore, I hope that we get a positive response from the EU as a first step on the way to realising the project.”

In addition to the need for financial support, there are a number of other framework conditions that must fall into place before the project can become a reality.

Jacob H. Simonsen, Managing Director of ARC, added, “It is absolutely vital that we have such a strong partner such as CMP on-board the project, which will make Copenhagen the world’s first climate-neutral capital city by 2025.”

“As an added benefit, we can create local, green workplaces and an infrastructure for handling captured CO2 that potentially can be used by a number of other large CO2 emitters in the metropolitan area. Therefore, it is urgent to obtain the financing and have the framework conditions in place in a good and close dialogue with our joint owners and Folketinget, the Danish Parliament.”