Denmark just keeps getting greener!
Denmark’s approach to renewable energy, pollution, and the gargantuan issue of global warming makes it world-leading. Even so, it was quite an achievement, having over half of the country’s electricity come from wind and solar energy last year! 2020 surpasses 2019 as the greenest year in Danish history when it comes to electricity.
State of Green adds, ‘in 2020, 80 percent of the electricity coming out of the electricity sockets in Denmark came from renewable sources, up from 76 percent in 2019.’ Wind turbines, both out at sea and on land, produced over 46% of Denmark’s electricity in 2020 and solar cells produced about 4%. However, Denmark also uses bioenergy to power the country. Bioenergy is generated using straw, animal waste, animal fat and other waste from the agricultural industry. After all, agriculture is a large industry in Denmark.
Denmark.dk points out that, ‘Roughly half of the fuel for district heating in Denmark is made up of biomass and other sources of renewable energy.’ This bioenergy replaces fossil fuels with something more sustainable, and scientists and engineers are working to make it 100% renewable.
Copenhagen has its own targets, aiming to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025, and it is on track to achieve that goal. Significant changes have been made in order to pursue this goal. One example is the switch from diesel to electric public transport vehicles. It’s a fantastic aim, and Denmark really is leading the way with its policies on renewable energy.