Our energy needs are continuously growing, at the same time as we are facing major challenges in the form of global warming that are largely attributable to the use of fossil fuels. In a sustainable society it is thus necessary to drastically increase the proportion of energy that derives from renewable energy sources. One such energy source is wind. The build-out of wind power is a key element for future sustainable development in Sweden and in Europe.
Throughout the world, major investments are currently being made in renewable energy. To achieve the goal of 50 percent renewable energy, the Swedish Government has formulated an action plan. This plan includes an increase in the aim of the electricity-certification system and continued efforts to facilitate network connections for renewable electricity and the simplification of the application process. A national wind-power planning framework was established in 2009 that calls for an annual production capacity equivalent to 30 TWh by 2020, of which 20 TWh will derive from onshore sources and 10 TWh from offshore. Through its membership in the EU, Sweden is also obligated to reduce carbon emissions abroad.
Climate change is a global issue – if we can contribute to reducing emissions, this is positive regardless of where the electricity is consumed.