Praise for Danish climate council recommendations to cut emissions

Lobby group Wind Denmark has praised a recent report from the country’s Council on Climate Change that makes a number of recommendations for achieving a 70% reduction in emissions by 2030.

The council offered recommendations that could be enacted by the Danish parliament straight away (pic: Jorge Lascar)
The council offered recommendations that could be enacted by the Danish parliament straight away (pic: Jorge Lascar)

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Among the proposals, the council called on the government to increase its offshore wind target by a further 3GW, on top of the 3GW it already committed to tendering in the 2018 energy deal.

The council also suggested the introduction of a carbon tax and an intermediate target of a 50-54% emissions reduction target, compared with 1990 levels, by 2025.

"In many areas, the climate council's report hits the nail on the head," said Martin Risum Bøndergaard, head of policy at Wind Denmark.

"[This includes] the recommendation that parliament should decide as soon as possible to advance the establishments of already decided offshore wind farms and adopt further tenders for offshore wind up to 2030 for commissioning as soon as possible," Bøndergaard added.

Among the other long-term changes, the council also recommends switching the support framework to a contracts for difference (CfD) model, similar to the UK and one already adopted for the Thor offshore wind site.

"There is no doubt that society will get the most renewable energy for the money by putting in place a CfD model for technology-neutral tenders," Bøndergaard explained.

The Danish government is currently in discussions with 13 climate partners, including the climate council, all of which will present recommendations by mid-March.

"If we act on time, it is possible to supply electricity and heat to Danish society without the use of coal and gas and thus create the precondition for everyone to reduce their CO2 emissions by electrifying.

"It will require more renewable energy — primarily wind turbines and solar cells — and an electricity grid that has been developed to deliver the electricity that must take over when fossil fuels are thrown out of the gate," said Lars Aagaard, CEO of energy industry trade body Dansk Energi.

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