DONG Energy’s Senior Vice President, Jakob Askou Bøss has called for a global climate agreement “to create certainty about the green conversion.”
Writing on the company’s website, Jakob Askou Bøss pointed to the world’s current reliance upon coal, oil, and gas — which he says makes up more than 80% of the world’s current energy supply — as reason enough to begin setting “out a global diction sufficiently robust to create certainty about the green conversion.”
With the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) fast approaching, there is almost always news of weakening climate policy — not least the recent news from the UK, which has slashed small-scale renewable rates.
A lot of progress has been made so far. Based in Denmark, it is unsurprising that Jakob Askou Bøss holds that country up as a prime example — the country apparently generates 50% of its electricity supply from renewable energy, a figure that is expected to rise over the next few years. In fact, since 1990, Denmark has reduced its CO2 emissions from electricity by approximately 40% — more than any other country in Europe.
“There is no doubt that we have come a long way in the energy conversion – both in Denmark and at European level,” said Jakob Askou Bøss. “Worldwide, we now know which renewable energy solutions are necessary to convert the global energy systems. It is first and foremost wind power, hydro power and solar power. Now, we need a framework that can create certainty about the green conversion. A global climate agreement will contribute to ensuring just that.”
Jakob Askou Bøss believes that it must be more expensive to emit CO2, and the cost of renewable energy must continue to decline.
“The renewable energy solutions are in place and ready to replace many of the fossil fuel solutions. But the price needs to be reduced, and it must be more expensive to pollute.” Accordingly, DONG Energy believes that there are three primary solutions:
- We have to base the energy system on a core of renewable energy sources, such as wind, hydro and solar power
- We need power stations based on biomass, biogas and waste as a supplement
- We have to build an even stronger transmission grid between the European countries so that we get a less restricted energy market.
“In DONG Energy, we hope that the outcome of COP21 will be some real results which can help push the development in the right direction. The climate needs a global agreement supporting the positive conversion of our energy systems and creating certainty about the green conversion.”
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