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Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.

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Samsø: The Danish renewable energy Island

Denmark is a small Scandinavian country with a land area of 43,000 km2 and a population of about 5.5 million, and it is known for its high proportion of renewable energy for energy consumption. In the past 20 years, the proportion of total energy generated from renewable sources has increased from approximately 5 per cent to 17 per cent. In 2007, renewable energy production was calculated to be 130.2 petajoules (PJ), with wind power and biomass production accounting for 25.8 PJ and 90.5 PJ, respectively (see Figure 4.5.1). In biomass production, straw accounted for 18.3 PJ, wood 41.2 PJ, renewable waste 30.1 PJ and fish oil 0.8 PJ. In 2007, wind power accounted for 19.7 per cent of domestic electricity supply, a significant increase from only 1.9 per cent in 1990 (Danish Energy Agency, 2008). Therefore, the Danish government established a target of increasing the share of renewable energy to at least 30 per cent of total energy consumption by 2025 (Danish Energy Authority, 2007).

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