Towards a low-carbon energy sector in Denmark Per Sieverts Nielsen
Our modern society is significantly challenged in trying to stop emission of greenhouse gases, which are threatening to create significant changes to the earth’s climate. This paper focus on the aim of transforming the Danish energy sector from a fossil fuel based system to a system based on renewable energy sources. The Danish Parliament has in the last three to four decades had a long term vision of transforming the old energy sector towards using variable renewable energy sources. The recent long term goal is to be independent of fossil fuels in 2050. The paper looks at the Danish energy policies and discusses how the necessary transition is working along with or against global mega trends. Most recently a similar vision to the Danish vision of becoming carbon neutral in 2050 has been mentioned by the European Commission (EC). Fortunately, the Danish government appears to be aligned with many global mega trends, which will help Denmark achieving the transition to become independent of fossil fuels in 2050.