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Published on October 5th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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Denmark 100% Fossil Fuel Free by 2050?

October 5th, 2010 by  


Following up on some great news regarding renewable energy targets and possibilities in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Germany, Denmark also recently announced great potential for weening itself off fossil fuels.

A report by the Danish climate commission found Denmark could create an energy network completely free of fossil fuels by 2050 as a result of falling renewable energy costs combined with rising oil and gas costs.

The report predicts that biomass and wind energy could provide the majority of the country’s energy needs.

“The report will also send a very clear and important signal to other countries that wind is a sustainable source of energy for future development,” said Ditlev Engel, chief executive of Danish wind energy giant Vestas. “This is a great opportunity to solidify Denmark’s reputation as a laboratory for green, CO2-free power technology solutions that are globally required.”

The report recommends that Denmark set aside 0.5% of its annual GDP for renewable energy investment for the next several decades.

The commission report and recommendations will now be considered by the Danish climate and energy minister before the Danish government releases its official climate strategy proposal in November.

Good luck to Denmark on achieving their clean energy potential.

Photo Credit: Wind turbine in Denmark, by skagman via flickr






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  • daniel maris

    Great news! Of course, Denmark is in a position where it can tap into a continental grid, which perhaps makes it easier for it to do this.

    However we can now see how a country can go completely green on energy. Wind, solar, hydro, tidal, and wave are the bedrock to be supplemented by biomass, energy from waste, and geothermal.

    We can switch our internal transport networks – rail, water and road – entirely to electric (with battery swap technology solving the problem of refuelling for electric vehicles).

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