|Title||Denmark moves to strengthen renewable energy goals|
|Date||2018-05-04 PM 3:50:13||Hit||93|
The Danish government has announced plans in its new energy policy to require at least 50% of its energy needs to come from renewable sources by 2030.
The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate also unveiled proposals to phase out coal for electricity production by 2030.
Under the proposals, the Danish government will aim to promote stronger competition among all energy technologies in order to achieve lower prices for consumers.
The government plans to invest 15 billion DKK (€2bn) to implement its energy policy and 4.2 billion DKK (€560 million) out of this will help to ensure the continued development of a number of renewable energy technologies, including wind power, solar power and bioenergy.
The funds will be allocated during the period 2020-2024.
Kamilla Hansen, researcher at NGO Friends of the Earth Denmark, told ENDS that bioenergy should not receive the same level of financial support from the governments as solar and wind energy.
She added: “There is a big risk that bioenergy, which we do not believe can be defined as renewable energy, will outmatch wind and solar energy when applying for funds.”
She said that reliance on bioenergy risks damaging ecosystems and it impacts “on limited natural resources”.
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