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Denmark Aims for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

April 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Here’s a truly inspiring news story from Scandinavia. Denmark aims for 100 renewable energy by 2050.

Wind turbines along Denmark's coastline

Here’s a truly inspiring news story from Scandinavia. Denmark has unveiled an ambitious energy program that will allow the country to be 100% reliant on clean renewable energy sources by 2050. The initiative will cover the country’s entire energy supply and user base — electricity, heating, residences, businesses, industry, and transport.

The Danish Parliament has approved a set of initiatives that aim to not only transform the country’s energy sources but to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency, and lower energy demand, as well.

They intend to develop their renewable energy sector by tapping on wind, biogas, geothermal, wave, and other sustainable technologies. To reach its target of 35 percent renewable energy by 2020, Denmark will develop 1500 MW of offshore wind and 1800 MW of onshore wind projects.

The government is also investing heavily on technology research and development starting with an investment of ($18 million) on renewable energy research and ($4.5 million) in wave power technology research by 2016. The plan also includes a package of incentives for private companies that invest in the clean energy sector as well as to power companies to shift from coal to wind, geothermal, and biomass power sources.

The target is to completely phase out the use of all fossil-based fuels by 2050. Emissions are expected to come down by 34 percent of 1990 levels by 2020.

To help curb emissions further and drastically reduce demand for fossil fuel-based heating, new buildings will no longer be allowed to install gas or oil-fired heaters, starting next year. These old technology heaters will be completely phased out by 2016. The government will be providing subsidies to convert oil boilers for heating. Demand is expected to come down by 12 percent of 2006 levels.

Commenting on the ambitious plan, the first truly comprehensive program that taps multiple sources of clean power generation in the world, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard said,

“Denmark will once again be the global leader in the transition to green energy, This will prepare us for a future with increasing prices for oil and coal. Moreover, it will create some of the jobs that we need so desperately, now and in the coming years.”

The rest of the world, not just Denmark, seem to be quickening the pace towards totally removing dirty fossil-based fuel from the energy mix but the U.S., for the most part, has remained bullish about oil and coal.

When will we realize that not only are these energy sources producing massive amounts of climate-altering emissions but these are finite resources that will certainly be depleted at some point in the future? It’s the 21st century, the world is waking up to the early effects of climate change and the reality that clean, renewable, inexhaustible energy is the way to move forward.

What do you think? Is it too early for America to think about a green future?

via Energy Efficiency News

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