The Reading / Listening - Clean Energy - Level 5

Denmark has a practical idea for clean energy. It will build an artificial island 80km off its western coast in the North Sea. This is expected to be in operation by 2033. This ambitious project should end Denmark's reliance on fossil fuels within three decades. Denmark is Europe's largest oil-producing country. The end of oil production will provide a huge boost for Denmark's green credentials. A professor of electric power and energy described the project as, "a cornerstone in the green transition which will help facilitate the reduction of Danish CO2 emissions".



The island will be the size of 18 football fields. It will cost around $34 billion to build. Much of the energy will come from wind farms. These will produce enough electricity to power three million homes and help make Denmark carbon neutral. The island has great potential to create a greener Europe. The professor said: "In the North Sea, we have tremendous potential for offshore wind....That means we can actually shut down all European coal-fired power plants." He added: "It's a Danish initiative, but this, at least with time, is going to be an international effort."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Clean Energy - Level 4 or  Clean Energy - Level 6

Sources
  • https://hypebeast.com/2021/2/denmark-jacob-ostergaard-man-made-energy-island-news
  • https://bgr.com/2021/02/09/science-news-clean-energy-island-denmark/
  • https://www.slashgear.com/denmark-reveals-audacious-artificial-energy-island-to-replace-gas-and-oil-05658318/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a practical idea
  2. It will build an
  3. 80km off its western
  4. in operation
  5. Denmark's reliance
  6. within
  7. a cornerstone in
  8. CO2
  1. by 2033
  2. the green transition
  3. on fossil fuels
  4. emissions
  5. three decades
  6. for clean energy
  7. artificial island
  8. coast

Paragraph 2

  1. It will cost around $34
  2. wind
  3. enough electricity to power
  4. help make Denmark carbon
  5. create a greener
  6. tremendous potential for
  7. coal-fired power
  8. an international
  1. Europe
  2. three million homes
  3. effort
  4. billion to build
  5. plants
  6. farms
  7. offshore wind
  8. neutral

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Denmark has (1) ___________________ for clean energy. It will build an artificial island 80km off (2) ___________________ in the North Sea. This is expected to be in operation by 2033. This (3) ___________________ end Denmark's reliance on fossil fuels within three decades. Denmark is Europe's largest oil-producing country. The end (4) ___________________ will provide a huge boost for Denmark's green credentials. A professor of electric power and energy described the project (5) ___________________ in the green transition which will help facilitate (6) ___________________ Danish CO2 emissions".

The island will be (7) ___________________ 18 football fields. It will cost around $34 billion to build. Much of the energy will come from wind farms. These (8) ___________________ electricity to power three million homes and help make Denmark carbon neutral. The island has (9) ___________________ create a greener Europe. The professor said: "In the North Sea, we have tremendous potential (10) ___________________....That means we can actually shut down all European (11) ___________________ plants." He added: "It's a Danish initiative, but this, (12) ___________________ time, is going to be an international effort."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Denmarkhasapracticalideaforcleanenergy.Itwillbuildanartificialisla
nd80kmoffitswesterncoastintheNorthSea.Thisisexpectedtobeinope
rationby2033.ThisambitiousprojectshouldendDenmark'srelianceon
fossilfuelswithinthreedecades.DenmarkisEurope'slargestoil-produ
cingcountry.TheendofoilproductionwillprovideahugeboostforDenm
ark'sgreencredentials.Aprofessorofelectricpowerandenergydescrib
edtheprojectas,"acornerstoneinthegreentransitionwhichwillhelpfaci
litatethereductionofDanishCO2emissions".Theislandwillbethesizeof
18footballfields.Itwillcostaround$34billiontobuild.Muchoftheenergy
willcomefromwindfarms.Thesewillproduceenoughelectricitytopowe
rthreemillionhomesandhelpmakeDenmarkcarbonneutral.Theisland
hasgreatpotentialtocreateagreenerEurope.Theprofessorsaid:"Inth
eNorthSea,wehavetremendouspotentialforoffshorewind....Thatme
answecanactuallyshutdownallEuropeancoal-firedpowerplants."H
eadded:"It'saDanishinitiative,butthis,atleastwithtime,isgoingtobea
ninternationaleffort."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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