Is Denmark's Renewable Energy Agreement Flawed?
by kevin on February 23, 2018 - 9:13pm
A digital english news publisher, The Local Denmark, published the article "Danish government could end “one-fifth” behind green energy target" in march of 2017 analising their governments projection to reach 50% renewable enregy by 2030. The artcile discusses how the country of Denmark had set a projection in which half of the energy consumed or used in the country would be reewable, however the author cites a Danish news agency Energistyrelsen who claim that only 80 % of their goal will be rached unless a more drastic approach is taken. The article brings attention to the expiration of a politcal agreement signed by Denmark to which ensures continued growth in the renewable energy sector. Although, without an official agreement in which has yet to be signed, this is where the author claims the issue is. By 2020-the year the agreement expires- no true funds have been granted to continue the governments initiative on renewable energy. Ultimately, the problem isnt the governments lack of effort, but its lack of desire to negociate a new agreement in which will allow Denmark to conitue favouring renewable enrgy to reach its goal in 2030. The consequence to the governments lack of effort to negociate a new agreement is that if the wait long enouh where the agreement expires there will be no regulation to inovate, create, or use renewable energy, and ultimately this will effect the goverments goal. Specifically, there will be no new developments prioritizing renewable energy which will diminish their ability to reach their projections by 2030.
Personally I agree with the author of the article since the more time that is waisted to negociate an agreement, the less power you have in negociating a proper deal, favouring everyone. This is why I believe this is an issue, seeing as, like the author mentioned, with constant increase in economic growth, and the growing demand for energy, the obvious long term solution would be to prioritize renewable enrgy since its cost in some forms of renewable enrgy like wind and solar there is virtually no cost besides development and maintenance. In addition in a country like Denmark, located in the scandinavian region, their scandinavian counterparts are also the leaders in renewable energy signaling as to why Denmark must atempt to preserve and add on to the agreement the had signed in the past. The Kyoto protocol is the essence of what makes scandinavian countries so focused on renewable energy and Denamrk being the counrty with the most hydraulic potential. In my opinion Denmark's next policy should have a date in which the next agreement must be signed by to avoid instances like these.