|Title||Denmark’s Road Map for Fossil Fuel Independence|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Richardson, K, Dahl-Jensen D, Elmeskov J, Hagem C, Henningsen J, Korstgård J, Buus Kristensen N, Morthorst P, Olesen J, Wier M, Nielsen M, Karlsson K|
Last year, the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy found that Denmark can remove fossil fuels entirely from its energy system—including transport—by 2050 without introducing nuclear energy or carbon capture and storage. In response, the Danish government immediately adopted the goal of becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Removal of fossil fuels would bring Denmark in line with the EU policy goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80–95 percent by 2050. This report represents the first, comprehensive national analysis for achieving independence from fossil fuels. While the report’s recommendations are specific to the current Danish situation, the approach used in the analyses is generic and can be of use to other nations. Perhaps the most striking finding of all is that the overall cost of achieving fossil fuel independence is only marginally more (on the order of 0.5 percent of GDP in 2050) than predicted total energy-related expenditure in a “business-as-usual” scenario. This near equivalence in cost is due primarily to expected increases in the price of fossil fuels.
Denmark’s Road Map for Fossil Fuel Independence
Be the First to Know
Exploring solutions presented in our special July/August issue on Appalachia
Getting to 350: Building Strategies for 21st Century Aspirations
Bowdoin College's Phil Camill offers a fresh perspective to the issues surrounding environmental change.
Designing the Future of the Earth Co-operatively.
United Nations Climate Change Conference (Dec 7-18, 2009)
People in the capital city of Vermont interested in new solutions.
This is the University of Vermont Solutions Group. We are based in and around Burlington, VT.