Strategies towards a 100% renewable energy system for Denmark in the Future Climate Project

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Greenhouse gas mitigation strategies are generally considered costly with world leaders often engaging in debate concerning the costs of mitigation and the distribution of these costs between different countries. In this paper, the analyses and results of the design of a 100 per cent renewable energy system by the year 2050 are presented. Two short term transition target years in the process towards this goal are analysed for 2015 and 2030. The analyses reveal that implementing energy savings, renewable energy and more efficient conversion technologies can have positive socioeconomic effects, create employment and potentially lead to large earnings on exports. If externalities such as health effects etc. are included, even more benefits can be expected. 100 per cent renewable energy systems will be technically possible in the future, and may even be economically beneficial compared to the business-as-usual energy system. Hence the current debate between leaders should reflect a combination of these two main challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJoint Actions on Climate Change : 8-10 June 2009, Aalborg, Denmark
EditorsRikke D. Andersen, Martin Lehmann
PublisherInstitut for Samfundsudvikling og Planlægning, Aalborg Universitet
Publication date2009
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-91830-30-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventJoint Actions on Climate Change - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 8 Jun 200910 Jun 2009

Conference

ConferenceJoint Actions on Climate Change
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period08/06/200910/06/2009

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Economic and social effects
Greenhouse gases
Costs
Energy conservation
Health
Industry

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Mathiesen, B. V. (2009). Strategies towards a 100% renewable energy system for Denmark in the Future Climate Project. In R. D. Andersen, & M. Lehmann (Eds.), Joint Actions on Climate Change : 8-10 June 2009, Aalborg, Denmark Institut for Samfundsudvikling og Planlægning, Aalborg Universitet.
Mathiesen, Brian Vad. / Strategies towards a 100% renewable energy system for Denmark in the Future Climate Project. Joint Actions on Climate Change : 8-10 June 2009, Aalborg, Denmark. editor / Rikke D. Andersen ; Martin Lehmann. Institut for Samfundsudvikling og Planlægning, Aalborg Universitet, 2009.
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Mathiesen, BV 2009, Strategies towards a 100% renewable energy system for Denmark in the Future Climate Project. in RD Andersen & M Lehmann (eds), Joint Actions on Climate Change : 8-10 June 2009, Aalborg, Denmark. Institut for Samfundsudvikling og Planlægning, Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark, 08/06/2009.

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Joint Actions on Climate Change : 8-10 June 2009, Aalborg, Denmark. ed. / Rikke D. Andersen; Martin Lehmann. Institut for Samfundsudvikling og Planlægning, Aalborg Universitet, 2009.

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