Denmark continues its efforts in saving energy and by all indications energy use in the country for 2014 was down to levels seen over four decades ago, reports DR Nyheder.
If the numbers for the last quarter of 2014 follow the trend of the previous three quarters then the nation will be down to the same energy consumption levels of 1972.
“Since 2007, when Denmark’s energy peaked, it has fallen considerably – by 17 percent,” Rasmus Tengvad, senior consultant with Dansk Energi, told DR.
Previously, in 2013, energy consumption dropped by 2.4 percent, equivalent to levels seen in the early 1980s. And the falling trend continues according to the numbers from Energistyrelsen (Danish Energy Agency).
Energy use in several industries and sectors have contributed to the overall decreasing trend in the country.
Leading the way is the manufacturing industry, which has decreased its consumption by 41 percent, followed by the household and transportation sector, which dropped its energy consumption by 20 percent. The trade and service industry contributed with a 12 percent drop and the energy sector has seen a decrease of seven percent.
Though Tengvad considers the decrease could be “partly attributed” to the mild winter, he notes that the decrease is not due to a decline in production. In general, production has grown, and from 2009 to 2013 production increased by 13 percent, while energy consumption continued to fall.