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[Renewable Energy] Vikings Sail Again
Kind: Event topics  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2020-05-18 14:01
Open new window for Denmark has been a pioneer in successfully decoupling economic growth from carbon emissions(PNG)
Have you ever heard of wind turbine assemblers Siemens Gamesa Denmark and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, or wind power developers Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund and Örsted? They are all Danish firms.

Breaking the myth that economic development and environmental protection are at odds with each other, Denmark has been a pioneer in successfully decoupling economic growth from carbon emissions, setting down the path to sustainable development.

Onshore wind power development began as early as 1980. However, as wind turbines became larger and larger, ever more land was needed to house such installments. In response, agriculture-based Denmark began to think about moving from land to sea, which had the benefits of greater wind power and no limits on size of facilities.

In 1991, Vindeby, the world's first offshore wind farm, featuring 11 wind turbines, was launched. After 25 years of continuous operation, it was officially decommissioned in 2017. By the end of 2019, offshore wind power accounted for 18 percent of Denmark’s total electricity generation, while onshore wind power accounted for 29 percent.

More than 40 percent of Denmark ’s electricity now comes from wind power. The country has set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by the year 2030, and of decreasing fossil fuel’s share in the national energy mix to zero by 2050. The Copenhagen municipal government has also announced that it will become a zero-carbon city by 2025.

Denmark has proven the doubters wrong. Its successful transformation through wind power generation has made the world take note. In Asia, Taiwan has become a pioneer in offshore wind, launching its first wind farm, Formosa 1, in October 2019, drawing the world’s attention to the island’s resolve.

Update: 2020-04-17
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