Den Blå Planet aquarium goes CO2-neutral with energy agreement – The Post

Den Blå Planet aquarium goes CO2-neutral with energy agreement

Electricity deal part of attraction’s environmental program

The aquarium is the biggest in northern Europe (photo: Den Blå Planet)
June 5th, 2015 8:52 am| by Philip Tees
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The national aquarium Den Blå Planet has entered into an agreement with the utilities company SE Energi & Klima whereby its electricity will come from sustainable sources, thus making the attraction CO2-neutral.

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Dorte Gleie, the head of Den Blå Planet, explained that as well as directly reducing its environmental impact, the move is part of the aquarium’s aim to increase environmental awareness among staff and visitors.

“As an ambassador for nature, we are always striving to minimise our burden on the environment, and this is a big step in that direction,” she said.

“We have thousands of animals and millions of litres of water, and that requires a large consumption of electricity to ensure both the water quality and the living conditions of the animals, so I’m very happy that we will become CO2-neutral with this agreement.”

Long-term thinking
Den Blå Planet is working towards attaining the ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, and it sees this agreement as a milepost on that course. Other adopted green initiatives include recycling rainwater and seawater from the Øresund and buying products from sustainable sources.

Carsten Lassen, the head of strategic consulting at SE Energi & Klima, said that long-term energy strategies were important both financially and environmentally.

“We need to be better at thinking long-term in Denmark,” he said.