Lidegaard held a press conference for a group of Turkish journalists who were in the Danish capital as part of a joint program organized by Turkey's EU delegation and the Denmark Embassy in Turkey. Claiming that Denmark has created the most detailed energy plan in Europe, Lidegaard stated that they need support from all over Europe, including Turkey, to actualize this plan.
The Danish parliament recently adopted a plan which aims to meet 50 percent of the country's electricity consumption from wind energy and 35 percent from renewable energy. Noting that green technologies are profitable investments considering volatile fossil fuel prices, Lidegaard highlighted that Denmark will be able to generate its entire energy supply from renewable energy.
Under the scope of these long-term policies, Lidegaard invited Turkish investors to invest in these renewable energy projects. “We came up with the most serious energy plan in Europe. But we are not able to put it into action by ourselves. We also need the help of other countries, including Turkey,” Lidegaard said. He also mentioned that the investments in renewable technology up until 2020 would be a total of 3.5 billion Danish krone ($600 million), but they would be able to save $1 billion from fossil fuel imports, including petroleum.
Denmark currently has a total of 4,998 on-shore and off-shore wind turbines which are used to generate electricity. In 1985, the Danish parliament passed a resolution not to build any nuclear power plants in the country. Sweden's decision to shut down its Barseback nuclear reactor, just across the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, was highly welcomed by Denmark in 2005.