The Kingdom of Denmark’s current population is approximately 5.76 million people. The power plants in Denmark use renewable energy (64.4%) and fossil fuel (35.6%) to generate electricity. Onshore and offshore wind farms produce 41.9% of the country’s electricity. Coal and natural gas produce 12.8% and 17.1% of Denmark’s electricity.
In February 2011, the government of Denmark announced the “Energy Strategy 2050.” The government’s strategy is designed to be free of all fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) by 2050. The government’s program will eliminate the use of any form of fossil fuel for power generation, heating or transportation, including cars, trucks, marine vessels, trains and planes. The Danish government’s near term goal is to generate 50% of the country’s electricity from wind energy by 2020 and 84% by 2035.
Denmark is committed to dramatically reducing greenhouse gases. Combustion engine vehicles (CEVs) are a major source of greenhouse gases and the government of Denmark wants to accelerate the move from CEVs to electric vehicles (EVs). The government has announced a program that will delay registrations taxes and increase subsidies on all EVs. The program also includes fund for EV car chargers, a ban on all buses that emit greenhouse gases from 2020 and an end to all wood-burning stoves. Denmark will also ban all new CEVs beginning in 2030.
Personally, I applaud Denmark’s “Energy Strategy 2050.” However, it will take more than one country with a population of less than six million people to make a substantial impact on global warming. In my opinion, it is up to each and everyone of us to write letters to our state and federal legislators supporting major renewable energy projects and programs.