Carbon-free in Denmark

July 10, 2008 - 3:36pm -- Anonymous

As new ways are discussed to reduce our collective carbon footprint in the United States, a recent article in The New Yorker highlights a small island in Denmark that is living the reality of being completely carbon-free.

Samsø is an island located in the middle of Denmark's peculiar geographical spread. The past decade has been one of technological transformation and "greenification." for this small island. From off-shore wind turbines to bio-based heat generators, all of the energy needs for the island is met by renewable technologies.

The article takes an interesting turn in that, although Samsø derives all its energy from renewable sources, it still uses the same amount of energy as before. The lesson learned from Samsø isn't necessarily that technology is the final answer, but just one part of it. The practicality of meeting energy demands in urban areas with renewable technologies is low, thus necessitating further actions. A new paradigm is needed in order to mitigate serious consequences in the future...

The full text of the article can be found here.