FOCUS 40 YEARS
By Ida Auken, Member of the Danish Parliament, Danish Social Liberal Party. Spokeswoman on energy
I assume, of course, that the biomass used consists of residual resources that are used only in a sustainable way, i.e. with a neutral CO2 balance. Individual heating will have restrictions on the type of heating as well as heat source, so that particle contamination is also avoided. Electricity and heat savings as well as storage technologies will have a significant impact on the efficiency and balancing of the overall system. Within the next 40 years, by 2058, district heating systems will have been improved and expanded, so that all heat and power from the industry and surroundings are utilized by the means of large heat pumps. Also, surplus wind power will be used in Denmark for district heating through heat pumps and storage. Trains are electrified and cars run on electricity or on bioelectric fuels / CO2-electric fuels. Commercial production will be largely electrified, but will also utilize surplus heat. The bioenergy share of waste is converted into biofuels and waste is also recycled. The vision will be made possible by working determined to establish a smart energy system. A huge effort to produce energy savings has made the systems suitable for low energy, and the energy system is designed with the highest possible synergies in order to secure the balance between energy production and consumption within Denmark's borders. In this way, we are making ourselves less dependent on unintentional incidents in the European electricity grid, and it will strengthen our current strong expertise to ensure smart solutions between the different types of supply. In 40 years, our world will be cleaner than today, and we can harvest the financial fruits of a foresighted energy policy, implemented in broad agreement across different political wings and Danish public and private companies.
Congratulations to DBDH on 40 years of strengthening good Danish energy solutions. For 40 years, DBDH has helped show the world a Danish supply model where companies and utilities together create good robust and environmentally friendly supply solutions to the citizens. In Denmark, the development of the joint supply solutions is the basis for having come part of the way to an even more environmentally and climate-friendly energy supply during these 40 years. But there still is some way to go – so why not have a look at how I hope and believe Denmark’s energy supply will look in years to come. In the next 40 years, we are looking into a future with a need for investments in the order of billions in the energy supply, and now is the time for choosing the most sustainable and strategically best solutions. We must make an effort to meet the promise of temperature increases of no more than 2 degrees Celsius, and we want to make sure that Denmark is in a strong competitive position in future climate technologies. Already by 2030, twelve years from now, it is our vision that Denmark's energy supply of power and heat will be 100 % based on green sources. Denmark will have an even stronger business sector on technologies that can ensure the spread of green solutions in other countries as well. As a result, there are more jobs than today in these sectors for the unskilled, the skilled and the highly educated. IDA (the Danish Society of Engineers) has estimated that the energy consumption can be significantly reduced – and significant energy savings are required. From then on, more than half of the primary energy to be used in Denmark will come from wind turbines - predominantly located on the sea, but also from more onshore wind turbines than today. Energy production from solar cells, solar heating, terrestrial heat, geothermal heating and wave energy must produce far more energy than today.
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