“The Energy Trilemma Index” ranks countries in terms of their ability to provide sustainable energy policies through 3 dimensions; producing renewable energy, maintaining low energy prices, and ensuring security of supply.
In relation to the Danish position, the World Energy Council offers the following assessment:
-“Denmark’s overall Index ranking is mostly unchanged, and the country remains to be a top performer and a ‘Pack leader’ in 2015. Denmark continues to balance all three sides of the energy trilemma fairly well, providing its population with secure, affordable and environmentally-sensitive energy.”
Denmark, in particular, has a stronghold in security of supply, where the country ranks as no. 2 in the world. This is i.a. due to the fact that Denmark has been able to integrate 40% fluctuating wind energy into the power system while ensuring that power is always available to consumers. This is despite the fact that the costs of maintaining high level renewable energy supplies are steadily increasing.
-“Energy security continues to be Denmark’s strongest energy dimension with a well-diversified electricity generation portfolio, low dependency on fuel exports, and a high quality distribution and transmission network,” the report reads.
Green growth economy and fossil free by 2050
This is all in line with Denmark’s ambition to lead the transition to a green growth economy. Hence, The Danish Government has set the goal of becoming completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050, as the first country in the world.
To overcome some of the challenges involved with this transition, Danish policymakers are particularly focusing on the implications of a fossil fuel free transport sector, the future role of the Danish natural gas grid, and the introduction of huge amounts of fluctuating renewable energy in the electricity grid.
The strong focus has furthermore sparked superb conditions for cleantech R&D centers, one of the world’s most innovative talent pools, and a strong collaborative business environment between companies, universities and public authorities.
The rankings conducted by the World Energy Council are based on a range of country level data and databases that capture both energy performance and the contextual framework. For more information and full lists, please visit the World Energy Council’s website.