Denmark

 
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I know of a cure for everything:
salt water... in one way or the other.
Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.
— Karen Blixen

Fossil fuel free by 2050

Not only is Denmark on track to fulfilling international climate obligations, it has also made its own ambitious plans. Denmark has set the goal of being fossil fuel free by 2050. The vision is to be a low-emission society, resulting in a resource efficient society. Instead of using fossil fuels, our energy supply will be provided by renewable energy.

Plastic pollution plan of action

Plastic pollution is a growing problem for Denmark and the world. Therefore, the Danish government has launched several initiatives to fight plastic pollution. The government is now calling for a national plan of action to be drawn up, taking the EU’s new plastic strategy as well as the recommendations on circular economy from the government’s Advisory Board into account. The initiatives that are already in place include building knowledge on technologies for purifying microplastic in wasatewater and sharing knowledge on waste, thereby encouraging people to reduce the waste on beaches and in the sea. 

From fishing net to recycled green material

It is estimated that 10 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in landfills in Europe each year. An additional 25 million tonnes of plastic are incinerated. The Danish cleantech company Plastix is working to deal with some of this plastic in a more sustainable way. Plastix transforms waste fishing nets and trawls into quality recycled plastic material (rPM). They have the capacity to transform 20,000 tonnes of plastic into recycled green material every year. These green raw materials save up to 95% CO2 emissions compared to virgin plastic, as documented by the EU Commission’s Life Cycle Assessment Report. 

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Setting new records for wind power

In 2017, Denmark set a new wind power record with 43.4 percent of the country’s electricity consumption being supplied by wind power. This means that Denmark is on track to surpassing the EU energy targets of 30 percent renewable energy in total energy consumption by 2020. It also means that the share of renewable energy from wind power has more than doubled since 2008, when it amounted to 19.3 percent. 

"With the wind power production record, Denmark places a green flag on the world map. We once again show the whole world that Denmark has the world's best energy system. We have managed to accommodate large amounts of wind power and other green sources of energy, while maintaining high security of supply,” says the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt. 

The government is working to set new records for the use of wind power every year, as new offshore wind farms are being built, such as Horns Rev 3 next to Esbjerg and Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea.

 

 

 

Case Studies

To take a look in more detail at two specific wind farms follow the links below.