Large Drop in Danish Energy Consumption  

and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions in 2012

2013.11.18

Denmark has become more energy efficient. The share of renewable energy is on the increase and greenhouse gas emissions are falling. Energy Statistics for 2012 make for encouraging reading, says the Danish Climate, Energy and Building Minister Martin Lidegaard. It proves that things are moving in the right direction.

The actual energy consumption fell in 2012 by 4.2 percent. When one takes into account changes in gross domestic product (GDP) the energy efficiency improved by 2.6 percent compared to the previous year. Denmark currently uses roughly the same amount of energy as in 1990, but, bearing in mind that there has been considerable economic growth since then, the use of energy per unit GPD is 30.7 percent lower.

- "The development has been underway for several decades, and the 2012 statistics indicate that we are on the right track. It is good for the climate and the economy, and it is a development which we can all be very proud of. But we are far from finished. With the energy agreement and the actionplan for growth, we further bolster our efforts to improve energy efficiency," says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard.

Increased share of renewable energy and reduced CO2 emissions

The new Energy Statistics also show that the share of renewable energy in the electricity supply is increasing. In 2012, some 43.1 percent of our electricity came from renewable energy sources - especially wind turbines. At the same time, CO2 emissions fell. A provisional estimate of the actual total greenhouse gas emissions shows a decrease of 8.1 percent in the period 2011 to 2012. Since 1990, emissions have fallen by 25.4 percent.

Denmark is the only country in the EU to be net self-sufficient in energy. But with the production of crude oil and natural gas in the North Sea dwindling, self-sufficiency in terms of the total energy output fell from 108 percent in 2011 to 102 percent in 2012.

- "For many years, revenues from oil and gas production laid a solid foundation for the Danish economy. The situation is changing, and this is another argument for the conversion of our energy sector. We must use the resources we have, and these are primarily wind and biomass. The green transition is also about our need to be an economically sustainable society in the future," says Martin Lidegaard.

Read more at the website of the Danish Energy Agency.

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