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New Government Platform: 50% Renewable Energy Consumption by 2030

02.12.2016  12:58

The new government platform paves the way for Denmark to continue an ambitious green transition. Among others, it aims for 50% of Denmark’s energy consumption to derive from renewables by 2030 and for Denmark to become the first country in the world where offshore wind is sustainable.

With the new government platform, Denmark will lead an ambitious and sustainable green growth transition. The new government platform paves the way for Denmark to continue an ambitious green transition, maintaining its importance for green exports and job creation.

With the Paris Agreement from December 2015, world leaders aimed to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Denmark will contribute to fulfil this objective, among others by focusing on international cooperation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, setting a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030, focusing on R&D of energy technologies and further development of offshore wind.

National focus

A target of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 40% in 2020 compared to 1990 has for a number of years advanced climate efforts and the transition of the energy system. Recently a broad majority of Danish political parties have decided to dismantle the PSO tax (Public Service Obligation tax) and finance it through the national budget. This restructure will reduce the price on electricity and increase electricity consumption. In the short term it may increase greenhouse gas emissions nationally until coal is ultimately phased out, but advance the transition to a society based on green electricity, and at the same time contribute to a reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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EU has a target of 27% renewable energy by 2030. Denmark has already met this target and will exceed it. The government will work to ensure that Denmark in 2030 will have a minimum of 50% renewable energy in its energy consumption. The governments long-term goal for 2050 is a low-emission society, independent of fossil fuels. The long-term goal will ensure that Denmark meets the EU target of 80-95% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

International focus

Ensurng international progression of the green transition constitutes a key element in the government's climate policy. This is achieved through the EU by focusing on collaborative and ambitious goals and policies, as well as an ambitious, global climate effort, among others within the framework of the United National and bilateral agreements. The government wishes that Denmark contributes actively to EU’s climate efforts, and the government will work to implement structural reforms of the European quota system (ETS), which can reduce the number of quotas in the future, so more uniformed and clear price signals, both within and outside the quota sector can be achieved, benefitting the green transition.

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Offshore wind

Denmark has a unique position to continue the development of offshore wind. The costs related to expansion of offshore wind has decreased significantly during the past years. This must continue, among others supported by increased expansion of test facilities for onshore and offshore wind in Denmark. It is the government’s aim that Denmark must become the first country in the world, where offshore wind is sustainable on market terms. In order to ensure a basis for decision to continue the expansion, the government will initiate a screening of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea for possible locations for more offshore wind.

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The electricity market must be continuously developed and our support schemes for renewable energy must be harmonised. In connection with electrification of the energy system, the government will advance heat pumps and utilise excess heat. In addition, the government will analyse barriers for storage of electricity.

The flexible energy market of the future requires concerted planning and action of energy forms and flexibility on both supply and demand. The government will compose an action plan for smart energy, including the possibilities of digitisation. The Danish energy system has all requisites for become the most innovative and efficient in the world. This requires that the Danish energy research continually is among the world elite. The government will strengthen Danish research through the Mission Innovation initiative and strengthen and advance EUDP.

This article was published by State of Green

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