Managing natural resources denmark case study

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Population and resources
Managing natural resources-Denmark's energy policy
Managing supply
20% of Denmark's energy already comes from renewable energy and the goal is to
reach 100% by 2050. Wind is a major industry employing 25,000 people and
supplies 25% of electricity consumed in Denmark and the goal is to reach 50% by
Physical factors
Denmark is located in the temperate maritime climate and the low pressure
belt meaning it is a windy country therefore it is skilled at capturing
energy from the wind.
Large and low lying coastline and a shallow sea allows for offshore wind
First country to use offshore and onshore wind power. The industry has
developed through experience which has helped create core competencies in
Danes are positive about wind power as recent surveys indicate that most
of the population would welcome more wind energy in the electricity system.
Therefore it would be easier for wind farms to be constructed as there
would be less criticism from the public. This is one of the reasons why the
UK has not been able to make the most out of the favourable wind
Clear strategy- energy strategy 2050- a declaration of energy
independence from coal, oil and gas by 2050. A clear strategy means that
plans can be put in place to make the strategy happen. In the UK the energy
policy is confused as it is not set on one plan, as there have been several
changes in the policy from wind to solar and to shale oil.
By 2020, half of Danish electricity will be provided by wind power alone.
Another 20% will come from biomass.
Co-operation with Sweden and Germany- the Kriggers Flak area in the
Baltic Sea has been chosen as the world's first offshore electricity grid.
This will double Denmark's wind power energy capacity to 42% while
providing domestic electricity demand for over 50,000 homes in 3
countries. However, this is not realistic for all countries as there may not

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Population and resources
be funds or physical advantages to enable this to become a model for world
Not expensive for consumers- expansion of renewable energy is funded by
feed in tariff's paid by consumers of electricity.
Managing Demand
Currently 40% of energy is wasted so efficient energy is needed in industry,
business, agriculture and domestic use. The demand will continue to grow.
Buildings fitted to reduce waste of energy.…read more


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