Denmark far with green transition
28 October 2014
Society and living
In 2020, 71% of Denmark's electricity consumption will be supplied by renewable energy. Also, Danish carbon emissions are dropping, and Denmark will meet its 2020 EU energy targets with a good margin.
Denmark has come very far with the green transition of the Danish energy system, shows the DEA Baseline Projection 2014 (Energistyrelsens Basisfremskrivning 2014). The report shows that Denmark is well under way phasing out fossil fuels in energy supply in favour of renewable energy sources and more efficient energy use.
Owing to increasing integration of wind power into the power grid and conversion of CHP plants to use biomass, around 71% of Denmark's electricity consumption will be suplied by renewable energy sources by 2020, compared to 43% in 2012. Denmark is also close to meeting the Danish national targets of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, the report shows.
The phasing out of fossil fuels is expected to result in a 47% increase in the consumption of renewable energy by 2020. This is feasible due to the expansion of the offshore wind farms Horns Rev and Krieger's Flak as well as the increasing use of biomass, biogas and liquid biofuels for transport.
By 2020, 38% of Denmark’s final energy consumption will be supplied by renewable energy, compared to 26% in 2012. Consequently, Denmark will meet its EU targets with a good margin. Denmark has committed to reaching an energy target of minimum 30% renewable energy of the final energy consumption.
Lower energy consumption – also in the transport sector
By 2020, Denmark’s gross energy consumption will decrease by 4%. This is mainly due to energy efficiency gained from the biomass conversion in the electricity and heat production providing less conversion loss. Better insulation, installation of more energy efficient heat sources and electrical appliances are also expected to create energy efficiency among end users in households and industries.
Denmark also expects a decrease in road transport energy consumption and carbon emissions, owing to faster market introduction of low-energy cars.
Please read more at the Danish Energy Agency’s website (In Danish).