NKT: Utilising Renewable Energy

NKT, the Danish cable company, recently started powering its cable-laying vessel, NKT Victoria, and all its cable manufacturing factories with renewable electricity, reducing its COemissions by 66% compared to last year.  

Power cables are essential components for the interconnected power grid, vital for the global transition to renewable energy. As a leading provider of power cables, NKT focused on reducing its own carbon footprint from energy consumption.  

The transition to green electricity means that the company saves 48,000 tons of CO2, annually, which is the equivalent of the annual electricity use of  8,148 Danish homes.

President, CEO, NKT, Alexander Kara, said: 

“We are taking our responsibility seriously as a key contributor to the infrastructure needed for the green transformation. Running our manufacturing on green electricity is yet another milestone in our ambition to reduce our carbon footprint to ensure that the development of the global power grids is based on technologies with the lowest environmental footprint possible.”

This impactful transition to green electricity was made possible by the company by entering agreements with local utilities that were able to guarantee, that the power supply used in their manufacturing sites in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Czech Republic, came from renewable energy sources. 

NKT is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

NKT is at the centre of the global transition to renewable energy and in a press release from NKT, Kara stated, NKT is a company that is “committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” and has a “clear vision of contributing to the transition to a future powered by renewable energy.” 

Kara, said:

“We are constantly reducing our own environmental impact. I am very pleased that we now cut our CO2-emissions substantially and we will continue to run our business in a sustainable and responsible manner.” 

NKT sustainability goals 

NKT has a series of initiatives, from which the transition to green electricity is only one, aimed at decarbonising its power cable solutions to further its sustainability goals and its contribution to the global energy transformation. 

The company has recycling initiatives specifically aimed at responsibly disposing of its XLPE materials and metals from the production of power cables. They are also working on increasing the energy efficiency of its cable manufacturing. 

With the Victoria vessel operating on green electricity, NKT now owns and operates the most sustainable cable laying vessel in the offshore industry.

NKT milestones 

In 2018, they helped Energinet construct the vast, Kriegers Flak, offshore windfarm, which has the capacity to deliver green energy to thousands of households. 

In 2017, NKT became the first cable manufacturer to launch a tested and qualified 640kV DC underground cable

In 2012, they produced the largest submarine cable in the world with a diameter of 270 mm. This was a turnkey project in Denmark. 

Lina Kurdi

Lina Kurdi is an Editor and Senior Writer at CleanTech News with a primary focus on renewable energy. Lina became interested in sustainability initiatives in 2012, when news of global warming dominated the headlines. From then on, Lina has paid close attention to cleantech developments and the impact they have on protecting the Earth and all its inhabitants. With a particular interest in energy, Lina passionately believes renewable energy is the way forward into a sustainable future with net zero emissions.