It’s a matter of some urgency that we get a move on with a new energy strategy to make energy consumption more efficient.
Denmark is facing an enormous task when it comes to energy and climate policy. We have no control over energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, agriculture, non-energy-intensive industry and individual heating in homes and the public sector. Carbon emissions from these sectors will become a serious political problem and threaten the carbon account unless we really get a move on with drastic measures to make energy consumption more efficient.
It’s a matter of some urgency that we get a move on with a new energy strategy to make energy consumption more efficient. We have complete control over carbon emissions from power generators and energy-intensive industry at European level through the joint European carbon emission trading system, but there’s no quota system for the rest of economy. This presents us with an enormous task at national level.
The Danish Energy Association’s calculations show that we will end up with a carbon account deficit of at least 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas unless we develop a new strategy for those areas of the economy that are not covered by the European emission trading system.