Denmark Wants to Become Alternative Energy Powerhouse

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This is definitely music to our ears. Denmark has announced it wants to be 100 per cent powered with alternative energy by 2050.

According to a BBC report, the idea is supported by Lykke Friis, from the Danish Liberal Party, which is a business oriented, right-of-center party. This means that clean energy is no longer seen, at least in Denmark, as a tree-hugger’s pipe dream.

There will be plenty of renewable energy in Denmark before 2050, though. By the end of this decade the country will be producing a third of its energy from renewable sources, mostly wind power, which already generates nearly 20 per cent of country’s electricity mix. Denmark intends to step up production of solar power and biomass.

What is interesting about the article is that it presents the point of view from those who think the transition may be too costly, such as author and academic Bjorn Lomborg. However, the Energy Minister insists it makes financial sense, and not only for Denmark.

The commitments will go through Parliament for approval but apparently almost every MP is supporting the move.

We’ll keep an eye on Denmark to see how things develop. It does sound amazing that the country’s green vision relies on across-the-board support.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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