Denmark reaches record-low CO2 levels, high renewables share in 2015

Wind turbines and rapeseed in Denmark. Author: BestofDanSilver. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

March 1 (SeeNews) - The higher share of renewable energy in Denmark’s mix and an increase in imports from Norway and Sweden has helped Denmark bring electricity-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2015 to record low levels.

National transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet.dk said that average CO2 emissions per household, based on an average electricity consumption of 4,000 kWh, have dropped to the record low level of about 808 kg in 2015 from 1,126 kg in 2014.

Denmark’s power mix in the past year included 58% of wind, hydro and solar power, which is an increase from 47% in 2014. In January, the TSO said that wind alone has met 42.1% of national consumption in 2015, as the year was quite windy. It also broke several records.

The share of coal-fired power plants, meanwhile, has dropped notably to just 19% in 2015 from 30% a year back.

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