Denmark has long been a pioneering country when it comes to renewable energy. Now the door has opened to a major upscaling of renewable energy in Denmark.
It is not least visible and present in Southern Jutland, where the establishment of energy islands in the North Sea is high on the agenda. As a result, the southwestern part of Jutland stands to become a centre for green offshore wind power over the coming decades.
That status is framed in ‘The Esbjerg Declaration’, which, as the name suggests, was signed in the Danish city of Esbjerg by the government leaders of all the North Sea countries on 18 May 2022. The declaration sets a direction that will turn the North Sea in Northern Europe’s biggest energy supplier. The joint ambition of the North Sea countries is to increase the total production capacity for offshore wind to 65 GW by 2030 and 165 GW by 2050. This means that in less than 30 years, wind from the North Sea will produce twice as much electricity as all coal-fired power plants in the entire EU do today.
Parallel to this significant upscaling of offshore wind energy from the North Sea, extensive private investments in energy efficiency, sector coupling solutions and renewable energy plants had already been made in all parts of the Southern Jutland geography – and even more were being planned.
It is expected that investments in green energy in Southern Jutland will only accelerate further in the coming years and towards the final phasing out of fossil energy at the latest by 2050.