Fossil free  

Denmark by 2050

On February 24, the Danish minister for Climate and Energy, Lykke Friis, presented a strategy that provides the framework for making Denmark free of fossil fuels by 2050.

The strategy calls for a major increase in renewable energy and to stimulate this shift, the Government is proposing a broad range of initiatives. According a press release, these include:

Biomass and biogas

• Make it more financially attractive to establish biogas plants by granting biogas production subsidies, subsidies for biogas infrastructure, subsidies the use biogas in industrial processes, etc.

• Replace coal with biomass by allowing producers and consumers of district heat freedom of contract, this  will make it more advantageous for both sides to convert to biomass.

• Make it possible for small power plants to convert from natural gas to biomass by allowing plants up to a capacity of 20 MW to freely choose their fuel source.

• Mandate a 10 percent biofuel additive by 2020.

Wind power

• Tender of a 600 MW offshore wind farm at Kriegers Flak. Online by 2018-2020.

• Carry out study of coastal areas that would identify locations suitable for a further 400 MW of small offshore wind turbines for use in development and demonstration of new wind turbines,

• Promote placement of new wind turbines on land.
Intelligent energy network

• Establish new international electricity sharing capacity in connection with Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.
• Require that all electric metres installed after 2015 be intelligent electric metres. Reduce from  2013 the limit for installing intelligent metres from 100,000 kWh annually to 50,000 kWh annually.

Energy efficiency

• Raise the energy savings target, that energy companies have to implement amongst their consumers by 50 percent starting in 2013 and by 75 percent in the period 2017-2020. Tighten building code requirements

• Gradually phase out oil and gas furnaces. Starting in 2012, new buildings may not be built with oil or gas furnaces. Starting in 2017, oil furnaces may not be installed in existing buildings.

Research, development and demonstration

• Support development of minor renewable energy technologies, including solar and wave power. Set aside money to fund demonstration projects for large heat pumps intended for use by district heating plants, as well as funding for studies of geothermal energy.

• Create an overall strategy that will ensure national research, demonstration and development efforts support efforts to convert to renewable energy.”


Read why Denmark is the right spot for cleantech activities and learn more about the Danish competencies within renewable energy. Among the Danish strongholds are bioenergy, wind energy and electrical vehicles.

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