By Troels Werner Christensen,
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, says Hans Duus Jørgensen, Director of the Danish Energy Association.
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.
- The Danish Government and a majority in the Danish Parliament reached a compromise on a new Danish energy strategy in February. Although there are many good things in the strategy, it’s not enough. We need a new strategy for carbon emissions from motor vehicles, agricultural livestock production and individual oil and gas consumption in homes, industry and the public sector. The first and absolutely vital step is a new national energy efficiency strategy. And we need to get cracking, says Hans Duus Jørgensen.
The Danish Energy Association led off the debate on how we can make headway with formulating a new national strategy at its annual meeting on 26 May 2008. The meeting was attended by the energy companies together with Connie Hedegaard, Minister for Climate and Energy, energy spokespersons and representatives of industry and interest groups.