Denmark in Top Five among the World’s Best Electricity Systems

State of Green
By Anne Vestergaard Andersen, March 15, 2016

Denmark leaps up two places on the ranking and is now number five in the world in a new comparison of energy systems by the World Economic Forum.

The Danish citizens receive increasingly greener electricity and heat, they can rely on the supply, and the energy system supports economic growth and development. This covers the three parameters; economic growth and development, sustainability and secure energy, on which the World Economic Forum has based their ranking of the world’s countries.

The report, Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI), developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture, aims to provide an additional set of data to help leaders benchmark the current performance of national energy systems, and inform decision-making in the context of the changes under way in the global energy landscape.

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The report ranks 126 of the world’s countries based on 18 different indicators. Together, they provide a measure of how effectively an energy system provides energy security and sustainability, while still contributing to economic prosperity.

Denmark in 5th place
Here, Denmark is ranked the fifth place in the world, right after Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and France. Thereby, Denmark surpasses Spain and New Zealand compared to the ranking from 2015.

– Even though Denmark does not have large hydropower resources like the countries we are compared to, we can still compete among the leading players in the world league. The energy sector’s ability to develop new, efficient and innovative energy solutions, combined with a long-term energy policy mean that today we enjoy green and secure energy at increasingly competitive prices, says Lars Aagaard, Managing Director of the Danish Energy Association.

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A power grid with high delivery and large spread of different forms of energy bring Denmark in the top. Denmark is at the forefront when it comes to energy security, measured partly on the number of interruptions and the share of population having access to electricity. In both parameters Denmark is ranked number one.

Read the full report

Key Findings from the EAPI 2016 Architecture Report Series

– The EAPI 2016 reveals strengths and weaknesses across regions as major economies struggle to take the lead.
– Diversification to new energy sources is creating new risks and opportunities that will require market changes and government mechanisms to ensure security of supply and access
-Digital disruption will bring new complexities to energy security as well as new benefits
– A new disruption of powers and energy trade flows will create challenges and opportunities
– As major forces propt transformations across global energy systems, governments and industry together play a critical role in achieving successful energy transitions


Source: Danish Energy Association / World Economic Forum

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