Denmark aims at independence from fossil fuels

Denmark can become fully independent from fossil fuels by 2050, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95%. The latter is stated in a report recently released by the climate commission especially established by the Danish government to illustrate the roadmap that will lead to full long term independence from fossil fuels.

According to the study, the lower cost of renewable plants, together with the expected price increase of fossil fuels, will cause a conversion from the present production model to a sustainable energy scenario with surprisingly limited costs.

Moreover, decline in consumption (caused by energy efficiency measures regarding mostly residential heating and transportation) will significantly help achieve this result.

"We are very pleased that the Danish Government’s Climate Commission acknowledges wind energy’s potential as the cornerstone of the future energy supply. Vestas intends to use this message to show the world that thought can be put into action. It supports Vestas’ vision that wind is an energy resource that is just as reliable as oil and gas. It just does not pollute the environment, and it is an abundant and free resource,"says CEO of Vestas Ditlev Engel, commenting on the commission report – released today.

Firstly, the report concludes that Denmark can have a fossil free energy supply in the foreseeable future. Secondly, it confirms that wind power is a modern and competitive power generation technology – and for Denmark, it will be the most economically feasible way to go for maximum usage of its wind resource. Thirdly, the Commission recognises the transition to renewable energy is an economical and technologically feasible option in the event of the oil and gas resources in the North Sea running dry.

"If the Danish government intends to follow the Climate Commission’s recommendations, it will contribute to keeping Denmark the leader in wind turbines technology development. It will also send a very clear and important signal to other countries that wind farm is a sustainable source of energy for future development. This is a great opportunity to solidify Denmark’s reputation as a laboratory for green, CO2-free power technology solutions that are globally required," says Ditlev Engel.

The report emphasizes the relevant contribution of offshore wind to the electricity balance, particularly in the Danish situation. As well as the development of more flexible and smarter transmission and distribution networks, allowing an adequate management of variations connected with wind energy production.

As for the rationalization of residential heating, the report underlines the key role played by other renewable sources (wind power, solar, geothermal, heating pumps and especially biomass), also following the construction of vast networks for long-distance heating.