A waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen contains a 1,500-foot ski slope on its roof.
The slope officially opened to the public on October 4. Visitors can now ski down its synthetic turf all year round.
The power plant burns trash to produce electricity and heat for local homes.
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Don’t let the green turf fool you — the winding path atop Copenhagen’s new power plant is a ski slope, and it’s now open year-round.
October 4 marked the slope’s official unveiling to the public, though some visitors got to test it last winter.
The power plant on which the ski slope sits, known as CopenHill, has been operating since 2017. It burns trash that can’t be recycled, generating enough heat and electricity for 150,000 homes in the area.
In addition to ski runs, the plant features amenities like a rooftop bar, fitness area, and the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall. But its 1,500-foot-long ski slope has captured the most attention. Instead of using snow, the slope is made of an artificial green turf that’s slippery enough to ski down.
Here’s what it’s like.
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CopenHill is the first power plant that incorporates a ski slope.
By incinerating waste to produce electricity and heat, the 4.4 million-square-foot power plant releases less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than it would if it burned fossil fuels.
Copenhagen hopes to become the world’s first zero-carbon capital city by 2025.
Some environmental groups say waste-to-energy plants still aren’t exactly “clean,” since burning waste emits carbon dioxide, as does transporting that waste to the plant. CopenHill also produces a lot less energy than fossil-fuel power plants.
But the trash the plant burns would otherwise end up in a landfill, where it could emit methane — a greenhouse gas that’s up to 35 times as potent as carbon dioxide.
The plant burns 440,000 tons of waste per year — but skiers won’t smell any of it.
Each day, CopenHill receives around 300 truckloads of waste from local households and businesses, along with waste that gets imported from other countries, including the UK.
The steam that comes out of the plant gets filtered for pollutants, including a greenhouse gas called nitrogen oxide. A garden on the roof is also designed to absorb particles that could linger in the air.
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