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Denmark needs more wind, solar to hit emissions target, lobby says By Reuters


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark risks falling short of its 2030 climate targets unless it builds far more wind and solar farms and overcomes bureaucracy and local resistance to turbines, lobby group WindDenmark said on Tuesday.

Denmark, home to Vestas and Orsted (OTC) are seen as leaders in climate change mitigation. It plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% between 1990 and 2030.

WindDenmark found that Denmark will require three to four-times more energy from sun and wind than is available or planned in order to meet its goal of being a net green energy exporter.

WindDenmark found that between 70 to 110 TWh (TWh), of green energy is required by 2030, compared with the approximately 25 TWh currently under construction or approved for building.

They urged government officials to establish a goal for the amount of green energy needed in 2030.

It takes time to build wind farms. Jan Hylleberg from WindDenmark stated that an action plan to promote green power needs to be developed within 12 months. This is necessary if wind turbines will be available before 2030.

According to the energy and climate ministry, it will be closely monitoring developments and increasing demand for green electricity.

The ministry wrote that it was trying to prepare for the future with care, but also keeping an eye on possible consequences.

According to the Independent Climate Council, Denmark has a target of reducing its emissions by 54% in 2030. This is compared with 1990 levels.

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