The Danish Council on Climate Change (Klimarådet) has called on the country’s government to advance plans to build more offshore windfarms and add another 3 GW of offshore wind to those plans
In a new report on plans to achieve a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (Ny rapport om vejen til 70-procentsmålet i 2030), the council said increased electrification of energy consumption “requires the expansion of electricity generation based on renewable energy.”
The council said offshore wind, in particular, would play a key role meeting this demand and that doing so requires active participation from the authorities. The plan to build more offshore wind is one element of a raft of measures the council recommended.
In early 2019, a study commissioned by Denmark’s energy agency found ‘good locations’ for sufficient offshore wind capacity to deliver more power than is currently consumed in the country. The study found sites for 12.4 GW of offshore wind capacity and suggests there is theoretical capacity for 40 GW more offshore wind off the country’s coasts.
In the report, the council presented a number of recommendations with the 70% reduction in greenhouses gases in mind. It said the transition “requires rapid implementation of already known technology and a more long-term strategic effort.”
In December 2019, a majority in the Danish Parliament voted in favour of a new climate law which set a 70% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 as a goal, with the country to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050.
Council on Climate Change chairman Peter Møllgaard said, “We will not reach the 70% target by 2030 if we continue as we usually do. But if we put action behind the words and take action immediately, it is possible to achieve it.
In the transition towards 2030, the Climate Council distinguishes between two tracks: the ‘implementation track’ and the ‘development track.’ The implementation track includes known solutions and technology such as offshore wind but will only be capable of bringing about a 60% reduction. The development track represents the ‘strategic change elements’ needed to reach 70% by 2030 and ensure that the country reaches the 2050 goal.