Green power at the heart of the city

New waste plant brings cleaner energy and a spectacular leisure facility to Copenhagen. 

How can a capital city become zero-carbon by 2025? Amager Bakke, Copenhagen’s ingenious energy-from-waste plant, is a big part of the answer. It transforms the waste from up to 700,000 households into electricity and district heating, emits over 90 less sulphur and NOx than the plant it replaces, and recovers water and metals. And the builders are so confident of Amager Bakke’s green credentials that it also doubles as a leisure facility, featuring an 80-metre-high artificial ski slope and a climbing wall. Architects Bjarke Ingels Group deliberately designed the plant to be “part of the city”, providing social as well as physical infrastructure.

State-of-the-art technology features throughout Amager Bakke, enabling it to extract 100 percent of the waste’s energy content, and generate electricity from waste at 28 percent efficiency. It’s also the first installation in Denmark to use Selective Catalytic Reduction technology, which cleans flue gases to minimise NOx emissions.

To achieve these levels of energy efficiency while protecting workers and nearby residents from fire risk, Amager Bakke needed high-performance materials. ROCKWOOL stone wool helps the plant to achieve its high environmental standards. Installed around pipes and elsewhere within the facility, its insulation properties contribute to the thermal efficiency of the waste-to-energy process, as well as protecting workers from hot surfaces and improving fire resilience. At Amager Bakke, the ROCKWOOL Group is at the heart of Copenhagen’s sustainability story.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Project location

Vindmøllevej 6
2300 København S

Project Data

Year 2017
Building Type Heat and power waste-to-energy plant
Application Fire safety insulation
Product type ROCKWOOL ProRox PS 960, Wired Matts WM 960 and WM 960 ALU