Denmark: 50% renewable energy by 2030


Denmark aims at leading an ambitious and sustainable green growth transition. Copenhagen launched a new government platform that paves the way for Denmark to continue an ambitious green transition, maintaining its importance for green exports and job creation.

With the Paris Agreement from December 2015, world leaders aimed to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Denmark will contribute to fulfil this objective, among others by focusing on international cooperation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, setting a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030, focusing on R&D of energy technologies and further development of offshore wind.

EU has a target of 27% renewable energy by 2030. Denmark has already met this target and will exceed it. The government will work to ensure that Denmark in 2030 will have a minimum of 50% renewable energy in its energy consumption. The governments long-term goal for 2050 is a low-emission society, independent of fossil fuels, which will ensure that Denmark meets the EU target of 80-95% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Denmark has a unique position to continue the development of offshore wind. The costs related to its expansion has decreased significantly during the past years. This must continue, according to the Government, among others supported by increased expansion of test facilities for onshore and offshore wind in Denmark. It is the government’s aim that Denmark must become the first country in the world, where offshore wind is sustainable on market terms. In order to ensure a basis for decision to continue the expansion, the government will initiate a screening of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea for possible locations for more offshore wind.

Today, more than 40 per cent of Denmark’s energy supply comes from wind power and the plan is to reach 50 per cent by 2020, as set out in the 2012 Energy Act. In 2050, the plan is for Denmark to be 100 per cent free of fossil fuel and wind energy will make up a very large part of the energy mix by then.


by Giorgio Zani

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