Olsen once again emphasizes the neighbours' acceptance of the plant as he points to a house in an aerial photo of Nordforbrænding and the surrounding town. Brun, who lives here, celebrates her birthday and holds a garden party on a Saturday, we gladly close the gate to the waste hall to prevent any unpleasant odors from escaping." "That's something we would do for all our neighbours," says Annemette Geertinger, when asked what the plant would do if all their neighbours were to make a similar request.
"It's because we in Denmark have managed to build a consensus among the population that an energy-from-waste plant is not unsightly, but rather an inexpensive and environmentally friendly solution.
Over the last 100 years, we've also built up a district heating grid, which means we're able to optimally utilize our energy," explains Nordforbrænding's Deputy Director, Jan Olsen, who goes on to remark: "...
and then we also make sure to listen to our neighbours.
A certain degree of noise, dust, and odor will be unavoidable, so we do get some complaints.
Countless aspects of the proposed project had to be accounted for, including flue gas patterns, the shadow effect of the new building, the proximity to protected nature reserves, its overall visual effect, climate change preparedness, and the potential impact on Usserød Stream and the local amphibian, bat, and trout populations.
In the end, the project was approved without a hitch, and the threshold values for emissions have been halved due to the BAT requirements.
Olsen then pulls out a map of Europe that shows Denmark clearly has the most energy-from-waste plants per capita on the continent, with a total of 31 plants per 5.5 million inhabitants.
Germany, which comes in second, has 70 plants for over 80 million inhabitants.
Meanwhile, the flue gas will become even cleaner as roughly 99% of all harmful substances will be removed.
The new plant has been approved based on thorough analyses, which point to overall improvements to air quality in the supply area, which encompasses a total of 50 kilometers from Rudersdal in the south, to Helsingør in the north.
"We cover 60% of Denmark's heating needs with district heating, and a large part of this is produced by energy-from-waste plants.