Hans Henrik Fischer of the South Jutland Development Council sees great potential in the fertile fields of southern Jutland. Denmark has given a pledge to the EU Commission that it will mix 5.75% bioethanol into petrol and diesel from 2010, and that is the springboard for Fischer's idea of producing on energy crops, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen.
"It is exactly because of that pledge that we in this southern part of Denmark can help create a new multi-billion industry to make new biofuels that can reduce the transport sectors emissions of CO2," says Fischer, who points out that the region must at the same time establish a future-focused and non-subsidised production of energy crops.
Estimates indicate that some 15,000 hectares of land, corresponding to 2.1% of the region's agricultural land area, would need to be devoted to producing energy crops in order to meet the Danish government's target for renewable energy to account for 30% of energy consumption by 2025.
In southern Jutland however, ambitions are somewhat higher. Here they are thinking that renewable energy should account for 50% of total energy consumption, which would require 76,000 hectares or 10.6% of the region's land area.
The idea of producing biofuels from energy crops is part of a larger plan to make southern Jutland and northern Germany into a bioenergy cluster with unique competences.