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Four years after the IPCC's 4th Assessment Report, recent scientific evidence shows an acceleration of climate change patterns: the first decade of this millennium was the hottest ever, ice caps are melting much quicker than anticipated and emission trends are following the worst of the IPCC scenarios, with dramatic implications.
Furthermore, the International Energy Agency's, IEA, latest report presented worrying news about the climate, urging world leaders to take action on the pressing energy and climate issues before 2017. If nothing is done, it will be too late to prevent the global temperature from increasing more than 2 °C.
Science speaks for itself. If we want to avoid climate distaster, countries must meet their energy consumption with a sustainable solution.
Wind power works
Wind power is a key part of the solution. It plays a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and can be rapidly deployed. However, collective global initiatives across continents are yet to be taken, and too often decision-makers, due to lack of knowledge on the matter, dismiss wind power, as the wind is not always blowing.
As a matter of fact, one of the most mature and well-known sustainable technologies is wind power. In particular, Denmark has pioneered and demonstrated the value of wind. The evolution of the Danish energy system has proven wind power a reliable, large-scale energy technology. Currently, 25 per cent of the annual Danish electricity consumption is powered by wind. This is the highest percentage in the world, and the share will double over the next decade with wind projected to supply more than half of the electricity consumed in Denmark by 2020. Moving forward to 2050, wind may supply more than half of the total energy needs of Danes, also providing power for heating and transportation purposes.
- 08-09-2014 Interview: The Power of Wind
- 16-04-2014 Global decline had little effect in Denmark
- 05-03-2014 Wind makes up less than 5 % of Danes’ electricity bill
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