Nord Stream pipeline leaks account for a third of Danish CO2 emissions ‘in worst case’


The emissions from the gas leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines may be equivalent to around 32% of annual Danish CO2-emissions in a worst case scenario, according to the Danish Energy Agency. 

Initial calculations show that the leaks from both pipelines, at worst, will emit approximately 778m standard cu m of natural gas.

The leaked gas volume amounts to greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 14.6m tonnes of CO2-equivalent (CO2e). In comparison, Danish CO2e emission totaled approximately 45m tonnees of CO2e in 2020. 

Nord Stream has informed the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), that each of the two Nord Stream 1 pipelines contained 300m standard cu m of natural gas. Additionally, Nord Stream 2 has informed the DEA that there was 178m standard cu m of natural gas in its pipe.

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