Denmark goes for 100% decarbonisation

Online magazine European Energy Review makes a close up on Danish government's goal of 40 percent CO2 reduction by 2020. Danish Energy Association's CEO Lars Aagaard has been interviewed in the article.

It is extremely ambitious eight years from now, given it has taken 20-30 years to achieve 22 per cent, but it is not impossible.

"The newly elected Danish centre-left government has set Denmark on a radical decarbonisation course. It has raised the CO2-reduction target from 20 to 40 per cent by 2020 and wants a complete phasing out of all fossil fuel use by 2050", writes online magazine European Energy Review.
European Energy Review states: “Denmark, poised to take up the EU Presidency in January, already has the highest energy prices in Europe, but the government believes its new ambitious green policies will be good for the economy: they will stimulate green technology with a big potential for jobs and exports.”
Danish Energy Associations CTO Lars Aagaard is quoted in the article: “It is extremely ambitious eight years from now, given it has taken 20-30 years to achieve 22 per cent, but it is not impossible.“
And he continues: “The ‘real challenge‘ will be to use the fluctuating electricity in such a way we will get a maximum of benefits from it. We will need to introduce big heat pumps in the district heating system – replacing coal, gas and biomass. We will also need plans for converting individual heating from oil- and gas fired boilers to heat pumps and for using electricity to power cars. And then we will need to have much more capacity in transmission lines to the rest of Europe, including new transmission lines to e.g. the UK.”
“Aagaard says he hopes for a broad political agreement on the package, so that a future change of government does not change the incentives for investments. Though having a majority in parliament the new government is – as has been the tradition in Denmark for 40 years – expected to negotiate a broad political agreement with the opposition. This may well be possible since the outgoing, centre-right government in February this year presented its own decarbonisation plan called ‘Energy Strategy 2050 – from coal, oil and gas to green energy’, which was not so very different, though it had a less ambitious timetable and targets”, writes online magazine European Energy Review.
Read the full article here.