Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has visited Ørsted

As part of a trade mission to Denmark, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has visited leading renewable energy company Ørsted’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark to explore how renewable energy can help make Ireland even greener.
Pictured are (l-r): Kieran White, VP Europe Onshore Ørsted; Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar; Mads Nipper, Group CEO Ørsted.

Ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company, Ørsted’s Irish headquarters are based in Cork City, where it employs 90 people.

Speaking at the visit, Kieran White VP Europe Onshore, said:
“As a leading green energy major, I’m delighted to welcome Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD to our global headquarters in Copenhagen.

Ireland is a key market for Ørsted where we have a growing team of over 90 people and have invested over €500million to date in 360MW of renewable energy generation. We look forward to continuing this investment with ambitious plans for further growth across wind, solar and storage.

Ørsted’s partnership with Xocean and Vilicom showcases the level of innovation that Irish companies can bring to this fast paced growth sector. With a strong approach to regulation and markets Ireland can continue to innovate, create economic value and play a leading role in Europe’s drive for secure and clean energy.”

The Irish Government has one of the world’s most ambitious climate mitigation targets, aiming to generate 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

To achieve this, Ireland targets 8GW of onshore wind, 5.5GW of solar energy and 7GW of offshore wind.