A broad majority of the Danish parliament has agreed on a new energy policy that takes decisive steps towards a society free of coal, oil and natural gas. The agreement cements Denmark’s position as a world leader in green energy.
- It is the broadest, greenest and the longest-lasting energy agreement ever to be made in Denmark. Today, we are making energy policy history in Denmark. In everyday political work, we are different shades of red and blue. But today, we have laid the foundation for a green future together, says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, in an official press release quoted on the website of State of Green.
More than 35 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020
7 out of 8 parties in the Danish parliament stand behind the agreement which outlines the framework for the Danish climate and energy policy until 2020 and the direction until 2050.
CO2 emissions in 2020 will be 34 per cent less than they were in 1990. Energy consumption will decrease by 12 per cent in 2020 compared to 2006. Around 35 per cent of the country’s energy will come from renewable sources and almost 50 per cent of electricity will come from wind. At the same time, the agreement ensures that the business community as a whole - and the energy sector in particular - will have a stable framework to work from in the years to come.
Focus on increased energy efficiency
With the agreement, the parties behind it agree to continue the development that has made Denmark one of the most energy efficient countries in the world. In addition to this, it was decided to construct two large offshore wind farms and invest in solar energy, wave power, biomass and biogas.
- Denmark is once again the leading country in the world when it comes to switching to green energy. This will prepare us for a future where oil and coal prices continue to rise and it will create some of the jobs that we so desperately need in the coming years, says Martin Lidegaard.
The broad political agreement is a corner stone for the future development of the energy sector in Denmark and the related investment climate, says Narcís Margall, Project Manager, Cleantech, Invest in Denmark:
- The agreement removes uncertainties for investors by ensuring that energy policy will continue detached from changes in the governing majorities. The political unrivalled support to renewable sources and energy efficiency, the lack of market uncertainty and the country´s position as a global leading clean energy cluster make Denmark an ideal location to set up activities in this field, says Narcís Margall.
Danes switch to renewables
Recently, statistics from the Danish Energy Authority showed that Danes used 5.8 per cent less energy and emitted 10.3 per cent less CO2 in 2011. In the same period, consumption of renewables went up with 4.8 per cent.