Nature Energy's history began in 1979. Our name and nature of work was different back then. It was here that Naturgas Fyn, as we were called at that time, arose as a result of collaboration between various municipalities in Funen County. We were the first company to handle the task of supplying Funen households with gas.
During the 1970s, Denmark was hit by two international oil crises. It was for this reason, among others, that the Danish Parliament adopted an act that would introduce natural gas into Denmark in 1979. In the wake of that decision, Naturgas Fyn emerged as one of the five regional gas companies in Denmark, and in 1981 we began to build the gas network in Funen.
In 2015, we established our first biogas plant
Nature Energy established its first biogas plant in Holsted back in 2015, and we are now among the world's largest producers of biogas with 13 plants in Denmark. We also own and operate one plant in the Netherlands. More plants will follow.
Things have gained momentum at Nature Energy since our first biogas plant in Holsted. We have gone from having 30 employees working with biogas in 2015 to our current figure of over 450, all of who are dedicated to the work of producing climate-friendly biogas.
The Funen municipalities decided to sell Nature Energy to a group of private investors at the end of 2017. Among these were the Danish pension fund Sampension.
We are among the largest in the world today
In other words, Nature Energy has undergone a transformation, and we are now one of the world's largest producers of biogas for the gas network. In 2019, we could even open one of the world's largest biogas plants to date. The plant, which is located in Korskro near Esbjerg in Denmark, can treat over 700,000 tonnes of bio-waste - annually!
Many of our other biogas plants - e.g. in Holsted and Videbæk - are the same size as the plant in Korskro, which means that we are now able to produce biogas on a large commercial scale. This is of great benefit to the green transition, where an increasing proportion of the Danish gas network contains biogas.
We believe that biogas can help solve the key climate challenges faced by us as a society. Biogas already plays a crucial role in the green transition, where industry, agriculture and heavy traffic can achieve significant CO2 reductions by using biogas.
We are currently feeling a considerable demand for biogas in Denmark, as well as internationally. It was therefore also an important milestone when, in July 2020, we were able to announce the world's largest biogas agreement to date - a co-operation agreement with Shell, to whom we now sell biogas.
With the backing of more than 450 employees, Nature Energy continues its efforts to increase biogas production for the benefit of the green transition.