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The Port of Grenaa sets the direction for circular economy

During his visit to the Port of Grenaa, Minister for Food and Environment Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, saw how sustainable economy works in practice.

Particular attention was paid to scrutinising sustainability and circular economy during the visit of Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Minister for Food and Environment, during his visit to the Port of Grenaa. The subject has high priority on the political agenda for conversion to green economy and for some years, it has been an important subject in the Port of Grenaa’s development strategy.

The minister learned about the strategic approach to what is expected to contribute greatly to the port’s growth over the coming years; he also got the opportunity to see how waste products are converted into valuable, recyclable resources by the port.

Jakob Ellemann-Jensen started out with a meeting with mayor Jan Petersen of Norddjurs Municipality, chairman of the board of the Port of Grenaa, Bent Hansen and Henrik Carstensen, CEO of the Port of Grenaa. During this meeting, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen was introduced to the plans of making sustainability a key element of the development of the port and its surroundings.

Already now, the port houses a number of companies, which do an effort for recycling, and more are to come. The Port of Grenaa, too, thinks actively in terms of sustainability.

Slightly contaminated soil and concrete from road building and construction work on the light rail to Grenaa and the railway construction work between Langå and Hobro and the new quay installations, for instance, are reused. The port also has an ambitious vision to turn the new Port Centre into a “House of Sustainability” in faith creating a new power centre for Djursland’s commercial development.

Recycling on a large scale

“Here, we see a practical example of converting scrap metal from waste into a valuable reusable resources thanks to new ways of thinking,” Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Minister for Food and Environment, said after the meeting when visiting Stena Recycling’s large plant for the recycling of scrap metal. CEO Ulf Arnesson, operations manager Mette Boysen and production manager Otto Jensen guided him around the plant, which represents outstanding features of sorting and comminution of scrap metal.

“The Port of Grenaa’s many activities match the government’s idea of the conversion to green economy and circular economy,” Jakob Ellemann-Jensen says. “We must learn how to use what we have so far considered to be waste in an entirely new way, and it can only be done efficiently when it is done on a large scale like here in Grenaa. Through massive emphasis, the companies can attract the required qualifications and continue to develop, thus making sure they can recycle waste products on an even larger scale.

Vast potential

With a current initiative, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen is attempting precisely to make recycling a major part of the Danish economy. The government has earmarked DKK 60 million for a number of initiatives, focusing on the impact circular economy may have on the conversion to green economy.

“Today’s meeting with the Minister for Food and Environment confirms to us that we are facing a major business potential in the field of circular economy,” says Henrik Carstensen, CEO of the Port of Grenaa.

“We share the minister’s view that conversion to green, circular economy will become a key element of the industrial development. We believe that action targeted towards an increased level of recycling is both an opportunity for and a responsibility of the industry. The meeting with the minister therefore left us with much optimism and retains focus on matters we believe will contribute greatly to the port’s future growth,” Henrik Carstensen states.


The Port of Grenaa is currently performing various assignments related to RECYCLING & WASTE MANAGEMENT:

  • Considering other parties’ waste flows as valuable resources and good business.
  • Most companies hiring premises at the port are dealing with recycling, shipbreaking, sorting and sale of metals, receipt and processing of biomass etc.
  • Attracting more entrepreneurships, focusing on recycling.
  • Decomposition and recycling of materials, dismantling and processing of worn-out windmills, recycling of plastics.
  • Recovery of recycled materials for own construction work, e.g. new quays.
  • Development of an electricity-based infrastructure for cars, cranes, connection of ships and rigs etc.
  • Visions for a “House of Sustainability” – green and sustainable business initiatives.