Denmark Committed To Going Green

Denmark is said to be among the countries in the world that consume a huge amount of energy. It is estimated that every Dane contributes five tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year. But this is being changed, of course, through the efforts of Denmark’s new prime minister.

Later in the year, Denmark is set to host a global climate summit. The gathering aims to tackle carbon emissions in preparation for the expiry of the Kyoto agreement in 2012. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, however, is bent on taking every step to promote the green movement as part of the country’s economic growth.

Rasmussen has been emphasizing in his speeches that he is strongly supporting efforts to make Denmark independent from fossil fuels. Going forward, he is also assuring the increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar and biomass. Denmark has already made positive achievements in this aspect with the utilization of wind energy. Currently, this Scandinavian country uses wind turbines to produce 30 percent of its electricity. Power plants there are also known for their energy efficiency.

The only problem Denmark is facing pertains to the carbon emissions caused by transportation. For this reason, the government has offered to implement green taxes to benefit companies that can develop bio fuels and electric cars. In addition to this, the Danish government will utilize two-thirds of the entire state investments for public transportations.

Denmark expects to accommodate some 100,000 eco-friendly automobiles on its streets in the next two years. At the moment, there are only about 200 green vehicles. Increasing the number of environment friendly automobiles on the streets of Denmark is a welcome development. The more green cars available, the better for the country.

There’s a tie-up being planned between a Danish and American company that will put up a plant for electric cars. The investment worth $135 million aims to produce electric cars with batteries that are quick to charge.

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