“What comes to mind when you think of Denmark? ” I asked my friends during a tea meet up, “Danish butter cookies”, most replied, some referenced it to the infamous cartoon conspiracy while one or two quipped “wind mills, I have seen pictures of wind mills dotting the country’s landscape.” The reason I asked the question was that not many amongst us, the educated ones, know that Denmark is a leading player in the world of energy efficiency. Living in Denmark, one cannot help but admire the zeal with which they are pursuing their energy targets and that too in the most efficient and green way. Take for instance Denmark’s Parliament that passed legislation to establish what could be termed as two of the most ambitious green energy targets of any nation: 35% by 2020 and 100% by 2050. Currently, wind energy alone caters for 25% of Denmark’s power consumption, and it targets to double that to 50% by 2020. Other supplementary sources are renewable heat, biogas, and other green technologies.
My move to Denmark coincided with an important event in Pakistan, the electricity failures had started and were causing great distress to nation. Four years down, Pakistan is still limping and struggling to get its grip on the monster while Denmark is making roaring success as the leading player in the energy efficiency market . Having gone through their energy efficiency plan for 2050, where all the energy provided will be fossil free, it is safe to say that Denmark knows its energy business like no other nation.
Recently, the Danish Ambassador in Pakistan has expressed his desire to help Pakistan equip with latest technology and innovation in wind power. At a time, when the government of Pakistan, is making serious efforts to attract foreign investment in energy projects from U.S and China, it is advisable that it gets in touch with the pioneers in this field. Denmark is a pioneer in the sustainable energy solutions and Pakistan can be a great market for it to explore. This will result in a win-win situation for both countries.