Clean energy in the Nordic countries: can a diversified approach pay off?

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By State of Green, May 16, 2018

Nordic countries are often perceived as leaders in the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable society, but does this claim stack up in reality and what lessons do they offer for other regions? Participate in the upcoming Nordic Clean Energy Week 21-25 May in Copenhagen and Malmö to discover for yourself.

Anyone who has ever flown to Denmark will have noticed the many offshore wind turbines as the plane flies over the waters of the Oresund – for many Danes it is a sign they’re almost home. It is therefore not surprising that for many, wind turbines and advanced wind power technology are synonymous with Denmark. However, clean energy in the Nordic countries draws on a number of renewable energy sources, where different technologies and systems are integrated to maximise benefits.

The results have borne fruit – Denmark and Sweden are part of a select group of countries that have managed to decouple emissions from economic growth, meaning that while their economies have grown, their emissions have actually decreased. In addition, Denmark, Sweden and Norway are among the top ten countries when it comes to progress on achieving the trinity of a stable, sustainable and affordable energy supply, while Finland and Iceland also fall within the top 20 countries.

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Sweden, Finland and Denmark have also managed to meet European Union targets of sourcing more than 30% of gross energy consumption from renewable sources ahead of the 2030 deadline. Being the fastest growing source of renewable energy on a global scale, wind power has undeniably played a role in this transition. However, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Bioenergy, district heating, fuel cells and batteries also play a substantial role. In fact, bioenergy actually comprises the largest share of both Sweden and Denmark’s renewable energy mix, at 22% and 18% respectively.

Are the Nordic Clean Energy Technologies Scalable?
As an answer to the common criticism that the technologies and solutions the Nordic countries have developed that allow them to produce and consume such relatively high amounts of clean energy don’t translate across national borders, the latest index of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index is a case in point. The index, which examines both inputs to innovation, such as investment in R&D, and outputs of innovation, i.e. the ability to commercialise cleantech innovation, awards Denmark, Finland and Sweden the top three places. Denmark is singled out for its ability to commercialise and export cost-effective technology that advances the transition to clean energy sources.

Join Nordic Clean Energy Week 21 – 25 May 2018
Still not convinced? The upcoming “Nordic Clean Energy Week” offers many opportunities to gain deeper insight into the innovation processes and technologies present in the Nordic region in regards to clean energy. Furthermore, you can experience some of the technologies in person that can help your home region hasten the shift to a more sustainable future.

Hosted jointly by Denmark and Sweden, a number of Nordic Clean Energy Week events will take place in Greater Copenhagen and Malmö that shine the spotlight on some of the solutions and technologies this unique region is known for and discuss their pitfalls and potential for the future. It’s a week full of discussion, inspiration, demonstration and experiences, where politicians, NGOs, researchers, captains of industry and the general public will meet to exchange views and discover new technologies.
We’re debating and sharing experiences on diverse topics such as how to operationalise ambitious EU policy goals, what it will take to increase private sector investment and how to spur energy efficiency in developing countries. By attending, you can experience futuristic city quarters such as Nordhavn, which is a
living lab for smart grid solutions and discuss the viability of electrifying the transport system while cruising the waters of the Oresund in a battery-powered ferry.

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Nordic Clean Energy Week takes place against the backdrop of the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial and Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (CEM9/MI-3) meetings, where the G-20 and Nordic Economies are congregating in Copenhagen and Malmö to discuss how to accelerate the green transition.

Check out the program – most events are open to the public and registration is still open. We’re looking forward to seeing you

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