Denmark has been an early adopter of wind power, with more than a third of its electricity production derived from wind turbines. They are seen as key in the transformation of the energy system and should allow Denmark to stop relying on fossil fuels by 2050 for electricity production.
The Danish Parliament voted this week to end offshore oil and gas extraction, which began in 1972. Denmark is estimated to extract just over 100,000 barrels of oil per day this year, which is not a figure. significant at a global level, although it is important within Europe, where the largest producer is Great Britain.
The United States, the world’s largest producer, extracted more than 19 million barrels of oil a day last year. Nonetheless, environmental activists said the move was significant as it shows the way forward in the fight against climate change.
Greenpeace called it “a historic decision towards the necessary elimination of fossil fuels.”
“This is a great victory for the climate movement”, said Helene Hagel of the delegation of Greenpeace in Denmark. He added that the European nation has “a moral obligation to end the search for new oil to send a clear signal that the world can and must act to comply with the Paris Agreement and mitigate the climate crisis.”
The historical 2015 Paris climate agreement calls on rich and poor countries to take action to slow the rise in global temperatures, which is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and changing rainfall patterns. It requires governments to come up with national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).