Denmark to be fossil-free by 2050: Recommendations from Smart Energy Networks

Date: 11/08/2017

Denmark’s national public-private partnership for smart energy has recently released the English language version of Strategy & Recommendations for research, development and demonstration of smart energy in Denmark which provides recommendations on how Denmark can become fossil free by 2050.

If Denmark is to reach its ambitious goal of being free from fossil fuels in 2050, it is both necessary to face up to the challenges and to find solutions. On this note the Partnership for Smart Energy Networks, has launched a paper with recommendations for research, development and demonstration of smart energy solutions. “Our recommendations are the result of a successful process where experts and representatives from universities, trade organizations and the industry have met to discuss the necessary steps towards Denmark becoming independent of fossil fuels before 2050. With that in mind we have defined which actions in research, development and demonstration of smart energy that should be initiated in the nearest future”, says Thea Larsen Chairman of the Partnership Smart Energy Networks and CEO, Danish Gas Technology Centre.

However, implementing new solutions takes time, meaning industry, knowledge institutions and legislators needs to act immediately. Denmark has the potential to maintain the position as global leader in sustainable energy but more knowledge and development is needed. The decisions we make today will affect future generations and we need to consider and perhaps even reconsider some of the future investments in buildings infrastructure and the fundamental design of the energy system.

“To succeed we need a strong cooperation and development across sectors and traditional divides. For a long time, Denmark has been top of class when it comes to developing and exporting solutions in sustainable energy. However, increasing global competition demands that governments and legislators take action to ensure the best possible conditions for the Danish sustainable energy industry”, continues Thea Larsen.

How to reach the overall target is not set in stone, nor will it be easy. Making the necessary decisions in time will be crucial. The Smart Energy Network has identified 15 specific recommendations to implement now to reach the overall target of a CO2 neutral future by 2050, and at the same time create value, export and growth based on the Danish pioneer position.

Source: The Technical University of Denmark, Department of Electrical Engineering /State of Green