Denmark: Pioneer of renewable energy

Denmark is a leader when it comes to fighting climate change. By 2050, the country plans to meet 100 per cent of its energy needs with renewables, creating more jobs, increasing exports and reducing its energy dependence.

“Today, we’re already at 43 percent,” said Kristoffer Böttzauw, the deputy director general of the Danish energy agency Energistyrelsen, which coordinates Denmark’s energy policy. ”At present, renewable energy sources account for about 25 percent of Denmark’s total energy consumption,” said Böttzauw. He’s convinced that the country’s goal to completely abandon coal, oil and gas by 2050 is realistic.

Denmark has shown that industrialised countries are able to carry out real, genuine and rapid energy transition in the middle of Europe, making it a model country for renewable energy, and a blueprint for Europe and Germany.

With about 4,500 miles of coastline, the conditions for wind power in Denmark are better than almost anywhere in Europe. Located between the North and Baltic Seas, Denmark has naturally looked to the waters to expand its wind power projects.

A Swedish-German-Danish partnership is working to set up a 600-megawatt wind farm in the waters between the three countries, set to produce electricity by 2020 at the latest. In 2013, a 400-megawatt offshore wind farm was inaugurated off the Danish island of Anholt, with wind turbines provided by German multinational Siemens.

It seems, then, that the UK ought to look to Denmark as a model of sustainable energy when implementing environmental policy.

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