New record: Renewable energy covers 30 percent of the total energy consumption in Denmark
In 2015 renewable energy covered ca. 30 percent of the energy consumption in all sectors and CO2-emissions dropped by 4.9 percent from 2014 to 2015. Increasing wind power and import of electricity - mainly from Norway - has caused a drop in the Danish consumption of coal and other fossil fuels.
Denmark reached a landmark in 2015. Statistics released from the Danish Energy Agency on the 1st of December showed that the share of renewable energy has increased from 29.2 percent in 2014 to 30 percent in 2015 of the total energy consumption including transport and agriculture.
The supply of electricity, based on renewable energy, was covering impressive 56.0 percent of the total electricity consumption in Denmark. The main sources of renewable energy were wind power and biomass, supplying respectively 41.8 percent and 11.0 percent of the electricity consumption.
”I am very happy to see, how renewable energy provides us with more and more green electricity. It is the Danish government’s ambition that renewable energy should cover 50 percent of the total energy consumption in all sectors in 2030”, says the Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt.
The increasing production of power based on wind power and the import of electric power meant that the fuel consumption for production of electricity dropped by 14.4 percent. This equals a total decrease of the consumption of coal, oil, and natural gas by 30.4 percent, whereas the consumption of renewable energy rose by 2.7 percent in 2015.
The greenhouse gas emissions has decreased
An interim assessment of the actual total greenhouse gas emissions in Denmark shows a decrease of 4.9 percent in 2015 as compared to 2014. This means that the real emission of greenhouse gases has been reduced by 31.1 percent since 1990.
”I am pleased to see that the CO2-emissions have decreased in Denmark. This is both due to our domestic supply of especially wind power and our strong electricity interconnections with our Nordic neighbors, which have contributed to an increasing import of especially green electricity from hydro. The well-integrated Nordic electricity market means lower electricity prices and a high level of security for all the countries,” says the Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt.
In 2015 the real energy consumption in Denmark was still 720 PJ just as in 2014.