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DONG Energy CEO Calls For Global Climate Agreement At COP21

Danish wind energy giant DONG Energy has joined those calling for a global climate agreement to come out of the COP21 climate talks in Paris.

In two posts on its website, DONG Energy has made it clear that it expects the politicians and policy-makers currently in Paris for the United Nations COP21 climate talks to create a forward-looking climate agreement. DONG Energy believes that the “estimated 40,0009 advocates from around the world” have a “single overarching goal … to make it possible for more countries, companies, and communities across the globe to transition from carbon-based energy such as coal, oil, and gas, to something that is both renewable and less damaging to the planet’s ecosystems.”

DONG-3In a separate post, the company’s CEO, Henrik Poulsen, declared that transitioning to “independent green energy that is cheaper than fossil fuel” is a “huge, but by no means impossible, task.”

It requires, among other things, a significant downward pressure on the price of renewable energy. The industry must ensure that this happens. Similarly, the use of the very same fossil fuels that pollute our environment must become more expensive. This is a job for the politicians, and hopefully they will take an important step in the right direction with a global climate agreement at the upcoming COP21 in Paris.

DONG Energy is one of the globe’s leading renewable energy developers and suppliers, involved with supplying wind turbines to a number of projects, and the outright owners of 1.5 GW worth of offshore wind energy. The company most recently helped the UK push past the 10 GW worth of offshore wind capacity currently signed, in construction, or operational, with its agreement to build the 660 MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm which, upon conclusion, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world (at least for the time being), surpassing the 630 MW London Array. DONG Energy also recently signed an Agreement for Lease with the Isle of Man “to explore the possibility of developing a wind farm in Manx waters off the north east coast of the Island.”

“With a global climate agreement at COP21, I hope that the world’s political leaders will join us in making an effort to ensure that in the future, it will simply be too expensive to choose those energy technologies that pollute our environment,” Poulsen concluded.

“The climate needs a global agreement that can support the transformation of our energy systems. If political leaders, the industry, regulators and investors provide a final push, the world will, within the next decade, see a major breakthrough where green energy becomes cheaper than black energy. It is a breakthrough which holds a great promise for future generations.”

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