Sun, 12 Jul 2020

COPENHAGEN, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Denmark's electricity generation in 2019 has produced the lowest CO2 emissions ever, according to Energinet, Danish transmission system operator for electricity and gas.

The company's Environmental Report released on Thursday said a kilowatt-hour produced in Denmark emitted 135 grams of carbon in 2019. In 2018, the figure was 194 grams per kWh.

"If you look at it historically, it is a real, really low number, and it shows the impressive green journey that the Danish electricity system has been on. In 1990, a kilowatt-hour produced emitted over 1,000 grams of carbon - about seven times as much," said Hanne Storm Edlefsen, area manager for Electrical System Responsibility at Energinet.

Energinet has attributed the record-breaking year to the generation of more green power and far less coal used in electricity production.

Coal consumption fell by 46 percent to 33.5 percent in Denmark in 2019, which is also a record low.

"It is worth noting that while fossil fuels are being phased out, Denmark maintains its annual net production of electricity. The green, so to speak, replaces the black. It underpins that green conversion, high security of supply, and an affordable electricity price can go hand in hand," said Edlefsen.

The figures are taken from Energinet's annual "Environmental report on Danish electricity generation and cogeneration", which is based on the Danish Energy Agency's Energy Producer Count.

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