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Decarbonizing the energy system in the region

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; Responsible Consumption and Production; Partnerships for the Goals; Affordable and Clean Energy


Our world is only 9 percent circular, and the gap is not closing. Instead, the trend of increased resource extraction and greenhouse gas emissions is continuing. Key indicators substantiate that the problems of a linear economy are firmly embedded in the global economy and that we are heading in the wrong direction. 

The ambition within this challenge is to lay the foundation for North Denmark to become the first circular region in the World.

Our challenge

In North Denmark, thousands of tons of materials are every year treated against the intentions of the circular economy thereby re-enforcing traditional take-make-waste approach and hindering the transition to a more sustainable development. Furthermore, the region is still dependent on fossil fuels in its energy system – whether it is for electricity, heating or for transportation – and still have far to go in order to reach the reduction goal of 70% by 2030, and a fully de-carbonized energy system by 2050.

A rapid transition of both the material and the energy systems is required in order to become a circular region.

The region is dependent on fossil fuels in its energy system – whether it is for electricity, heating or for transportation. However, in order to reach the reduction goal of 70% by 2030, a rapid transition of the energy system in the region is required. In collaboration with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and other local partners – such as Aalborg Utilities, and Green Hub Denmark – the students will work with how SGRE can support the region in a transitions towards a circular region in which its energy demands are met through 100 percent renewable sources. Concretely, this will include for example analyzing the needs, potentials, barriers and opportunities to utilize the capabilities of SGRE’s business offerings, i.e. wind, solar, storage, Power2X. The project will provide an understanding of technical, legal, sociological aspects of how a local-global company can support the development of the region.

Expected impact

In this challenge, students have the opportunity to work with partnerships aimed at the co-design and co-production of knowledge and solutions, and through close collaboration with various stakeholders - first and foremost Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, but also local municipalities, the Network for Sustainable Business Development, Norlys, and Green Hub Denmark – pave the way for the necessary transition away from the linear, carbon-based economy 

Target groups

Local and regional planning functions, local industry and business