Novo Nordisk

Historical partnership saves the climate from 200,000 tons of CO2

Ten years ago, Novo Nordisk and Ørsted committed to a bold climate partnership – the very first partnership between a large business enterprise and an energy company. The aim of the partnership was to make businesses commit to energy savings and to invest in renewable energy.


When signing the agreement in spring 2007, Novo Nordisk committed to buying power from the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 2, which was a contributing factor to Ørsted making its final investment decision for the offshore wind farm.

Henrik Wulff, Executive Vice President, Novo Nordisk

"Our climate partnership with Ørsted has served as inspiration for our ambition to use electricity exclusively from renewable energy sources at all our global production facilities by 2020 while continuing to focus on energy savings. Together with Ørsted, we've also taken steps to help selected suppliers reduce their energy consumption"

Common innovation create new solutions

The close and long-lasting cooperation has resulted in much more than just energy savings. Among the innovative energy solutions is a new agreement which, from spring 2018, will carry yet another significant contribution to the Danish production of green energy from biogas. A new biogas plant in Kalundborg will convert by-products from Novozymes' and Novo Nordisk's factories in Kalundborg to bio natural gas.

The result of 10 years

of close cooperation

  • Over the past ten years, Novo Nordisk and Ørsted have jointly reduced the energy consumption at Novo Nordisk's Danish factories by more than 20 per cent.
  • In 2016, the annual energy savings reached 100 million kilowatt-hours.
  • In ten years Novo Nordisk has reduced its energy bill by DKK 270 million.
  • The company’s energy efficiency measures have saved the climate from an emission of 200,000 tonnes of CO2. This equates to the annual CO2 emissions of approximately 220,000 Danish households.

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