Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s prime minister, has pledged that the country’s domestic flights will be “green” by 2030. She stated in her New Year’s address that “by 2025, Danes must have the opportunity to fly green on a domestic route.”
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“By 2030, at the very least,” she added, “we must be able to fly completely green when we fly domestically in Denmark.” It was part of the president’s broader pledge to toughen anti-polluter measures and kick-start the country’s green transition.
However, given the scarcity of ready alternatives, there are reasons to be concerned that such an ambitious deadline will be met. Electric planes may never be successful, and hydrogen flying, while far more promising, is far from ready to be implemented in a major airline’s fleet.
Not to mention that only hydrogen produced through electrolysis and powered by excess renewable energy can be considered truly “green.” According to EnergiWatch, Denmark’s long-standing policy of waiting for “magic bullet” technologies will not help it meet its international commitments on climate emissions.
Nonetheless, Denmark has taken more steps than some other countries to aid in the transition to zero-carbon technologies. The country has already set a hard deadline for the end of oil and gas exploration, and it is a major player in the wind power industry.
At the beginning of 2021, it committed to constructing an artificial island capable of collecting and storing enough power from Denmark’s wind farms to supply 10GW.
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Simultaneously, the country hopes that any excess wind power can be used to power an electrolyzer, allowing it to develop a profitable sideline as a producer of guilt-free Hydrogen.