Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich (second from left) is Danish. Photo: Metallica
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Danish opposition sees no chance of broad interparty deal to cut farming emissions 

Denmark’s Liberal Party has threatened to leave interparty talks over cutting emissions from agriculture, a key part of the country’s push to reach its ambitious climate goal of cutting emissions by 70 percent by 2030. 

Liberal Party’s agricultural spokesman, Troels Lund Poulsen, told the Information newspaper that he saw no choice of moving forward unless the left-wing bloc lowers its ambitions for reducing nitrogen pollution. 

“We will not sign an agreement that states 13,100 tonnes of nitrogen reduction. Not at all,” he said. “There will be no broad agreement. It must be an agreement with one of the sides. That’s where we are now.” 

Denmark’s agriculture minister Rasmus Prehn criticised Poulsen’s statement.
 
“The prerequisite for making a national compromise is cooperating with the government chosen by the people,” he said. “If you sign up in advance and only want your own policy through, then it will of course be difficult.” 
 
Zenia Stampe, who is negotiating for the Social Liberal party. said that she would not be happy with a deal that included both left and right-of-centre parties if it was not sufficiently ambitious, and would also not want a deal that was done only with the right-wing parties. 
 
 
Hot weather could increase smell during next stage of mink excavation
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has warned people living around the mass mink burial site at Kølvrå near Karup that they could experience unpleasant odours when the carcasses are dug up to be incinerated on Friday. 
 
“The heat might cause the smell to become sharper and more distinct,”  said Kasper Klintø who is managing the excavation. “We will do everything we can to avoid odours, but cannot guarantee that there will be no air pollution in the local area.” 
 
During the first round of excavations at Nørre Felding, residents were relieved at the low level of smell. But on Thursday, Denmark is expected to see temperatures of 30C in some places. 
 
Metallica to play Copenhell festival as their only concert of 2022
 
The renowned heavy metal band Metallica has announced that it will play just one gig next year and that it will be at Denmark’s Copenhell festival. 
 
“People have now been hungry for several years to come to the festival, and they have kept their tickets in the belief that we will probably return in a big way,” festival director Jeppe Nissen said in a press release. “And then we do it with the biggest band in the history of rock and metal music and with one of the strongest festival line-ups ever on Danish soil.” 
 
Iron Maiden, Kiss, Judas Priest, Korn and Denmark’s D-A-D have also signed up to perform. 
 
 
Ørsted to use carbon captured from Copenhagen power station to make fuel
 
The Danish renewable energy company Ørsted has unveiled plans to capture carbon dioxide from its 100MW biomass-fuelled Avedøre power station and use it to make carbon-neutral fuel for trucks and planes.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the company said that it had decided to cite its first carbon-capture facility at Avedøre, as part of its involvement in the Green Fuels for Denmark Power-to-X project.

“If Green Fuels for Denmark is realised, Copenhagen could become a showcase example of how new and existing energy technology can be combined to deliver on the vast European ambitions for sustainable fuels,” said Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and head of Ørsted’s hydrogen and Power-to-X activities.

Denmark proposes partial ban on persistent pesticides such as Roundup
 
Denmark’s environment ministry has proposed banning persistent pesticides, such as Roundup, from municipal land, and from private driveways and gardens. 
 
“This will be a ban against pesticides in a list of public and private areas, where the risk for leaching into our groundwater is greatest,” said Lea Wermelin, the country’s environment minister. “It will also be those pesticides, for example, glyphosate, which do not break down easily.” 
 
 
 
 

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