The Danish Energy Model has shown that it is possible to sustain economic growth and a high standard of living while reducing fossil fuel dependency and mitigating climate change. This has been achieved through persistent and active energy policy with ambitious renewable energy goals. The foundation of the low-carbon transition is threefold: energy efficiency, renewable energy and system integration.
The Danish energy model is characterized by:
- Political agreements with broad consensus in parliament, which serve as a basis for setting and achieving ambitious long-term targets
- Holistic energy planning with integration of heat and power production, a focus on energy efficiency, and support for renewable energy by synergies between taxation schemes and policy
- Public-private sector cooperation that has fostered important innovation and breakthroughs in the Danish energy concepts and -systems
- Environmental- and energy taxes that contribute to a better reflection of the environmental costs of production, use, and disposal in consumer prices on energy
- An effective integration and support for renewable energy sources in Denmark combined with a well-functioning open power market in the region.
Denmark is trying to stimulate and inspire low-carbon growth globally. Through the power of example, Denmark has demonstrated that energy consumption and carbon emissions can be radically improved in a short timeframe while maintaining a sound and resilient economy. An important part of the Danish effort to mitigate climate change will be through international cooperation.
Contributors to this solution
Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities
The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities was established on 28 June 2015, when the utilities area was added to the responsibilities of the Climate and Energy Ministry. The Ministry contributes to the Danish government’s increased efforts to ensure safety and efficiency within the areas of energy and
Danish Energy Agency
The Danish Energy Agency engages nationally and internationally in the production, supply and consumption of energy – with efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is an agency under the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. Our work involves matters regarding energy supply and