Today, 30 percent of Denmark’s energy comes from renewable energy sources. The goal of the Danish Parliament’s Energy Agreement of 2018 is for the energy sector to have converted to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. The Danish Capital Region and the municipalities within this region have a target of a 100 percent fossil fuel-free energy supply as early as 2035. Region Zealand and its municipalities have a target of 40 per cent renewable energy by 2030. And, most recently, we have nailed down a national target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030.
If we are to achieve these goals, the pace of the energy conversion must be geared up – and there must be concrete action behind these goals and plans.
Gate 21 runs several significant energy conversion projects in Greater Copenhagen, developing and demonstrating new methods, systems and solutions for converting energy systems and storing energy with the aim of achieving the ambitious goals at national as well as regional level.
We bring together regions, municipalities, utility providers, companies and research institutions to work on this task. For a start, we are planning to implement the joint initiatives for energy conversion in the metropolitan region as listed in our roadmap. We will focus on renewable energy in district heating, geothermal energy, energy savings in private households, charging infrastructure and energy storage. Similar initiatives must pave the way in the other regions.
In the postings here, the partnership presents some of the concrete actions we will gather over the next 1000 days to accelerate the transformation of the energy system to fossil fuel freedom, for example by promoting energy storage and flexibility to inspire the whole of Denmark and thus the rest of the world.