In 2015 final energy consumption was sligthly lower than in 2000 (normal climate). Final energy consumption in the agricultural sector decreased from 0.97 Mtoe in 2000 to 0.773 in 2015 corresponding to a decrease of 2%/year. In the services and non-specified sectors final energy consumption have decreased from 1.96 Mtoe to 1.92 Mtoe corresponding to a decrease of 0.1%/year. Industry sector and transport sectors have changed from 2.96 Mtoe and 4.82 Mtoe to 2.16 Mtoe and 5.2 Mtoe, respectively corresponding to a decrease of 2%/year and an increase of 5%/year. Residential sector has not changed during the period. Transport sector consumes the biggest share of energy consumption on sector level.

Figure 1: Final energy consumption by sector (normal climate)


Energy efficiency for final consumers, as shown by ODEX, improved by an average of 1%/year from 2000 to 2015 (or 18%). Most improvement has been registered in industry (2%/year or 25%) and residential (2%/year or 23%). For the transport and services sectors, gains are lower (less than 10% since 2000) with slow progress since the economic crisis.

Figure 2: Technical Energy Efficiency Index (ODEX)


The Danish government has a clear ambition: Denmark should be independent of fossil fuel by 2050. A key element in fulfilling this target is energy efficiency along with an increased use of renewable energy. Energy efficiency will reduce energy consumption and it is together with renewable energy and electrification an important element in a cost-effective strategy to meet the long-term objectives. The actual government has set an objective that renewable energy in 2030 shall cover 50 pct. of final energy consumption (EU definition).

Table 1: Sample of cross-cutting measures

MeasuresNEEAP measuresDescriptionExpected savings, impact evaluationMore information available
Danish energy efficiency obligation schemeyesAnnual saving target from 2016 to 2020 at 10,1 PJ, egual to 2,6 pct. af final energy consumption (excluding transport)It is expected that the obligated companies will meet the target. Not all the savings are eligible under article 7 in EEDLink
Energy taxes on all energy used for space heating and on electricity used in households, the public sector etc. yesThe taxes on energy increase the energy prices paid by the consumer, and gives better incentives to reduce energy consumptionThe taxes support other measures
Source: MURE


The energy consumption for heating per m2 (normal climate) has decreased by 1%/year over the years 2000 to 2015 from 14.4 koe/m2 to 11.8 koe/m2. In the period from 2000 to 2007 the energy consumption is fairly stable. From 2008 the energy consumption per m2 decreased.

Note: Water heating included in space heating

Figure 4 shows that electricity consumption for electrical appliances per dwelling has decreased slightly from 2000 to 2015 with an average of 0.2%/year. Cooking has decreased with an average of 2%/year during the years 2000 to 2015. The decrease is the result of more energy efficient appliances and lighting which more the outweighed the increased number of appliances.

Figure 3: Energy consumption of space heating per m2 (normal climate)


Figure 4: Electricity consumption by end-use per dwelling


Energy consumption for households has increased slightly by 0.3%/year in the period from 2000 to 2015. On the one hand, two main drivers contribute to increase the energy consumption : more dwellings (0.5 Mtoe) and change in lifestyles (0.5 Mtoe). On the other hand, energy savings (1.2 Mtoe) tend to decrease the energy consumption. As a result, the energy consumption of residential is rather stable over the period 2000-2015.

Figure 5: Main drivers of the energy consumption variation in households


Energy consumption and electricity consumption per employee has decreased, by 12% and 10% respectively. Electricity consumption per employee was quite stable until 2010, then decreased. Total energy consumption per employee has decreased mainly since 2007.

Figure 6: Energy and electricity consumption per employee (normal climate)


The policies and measures to promote energy efficiency in buildings are a combination of 

- economic incentives given by the taxes on energy

- regulation primarily by the requirements in the building codes both for new and existing buildings and energy certification of buildings

- information, training, etc. 

The energy efficiency obligation is an important instrument to promote Investment for energy efficiency solutions in existing buildings.

Table 2: Sample of policies and measures implemented in the building sector

MeasuresDescriptionExpected savings, impact evaluationMore information available
Building code 2015The codes set an absolute target for energy consumption in new buildings. For existing buildings the codes have efficiency requirements which shall be met when a building is renovated.
Bedre BoligFocuses on, among other things, developing cooperation between home owners and financial institutions, enabling financial advisers to better advise their customers on the financing of energy improvement projects. This means that, in connection with the establishment of the scheme, a calculation program and a report format has been developed which gives the financial institutions a solid basis on which to assess the potential savings that could be made in a building and to facilitate the dialogue between home owner and bank.
Digital tools at SparEnergi.dkSparenergi.dk offers a number of digital tools which can help users to improve their energy efficiency. Examples can be found in the NEEAP 2017, page 21
Source: MURE


From 2000 to 2015 the share of cars in transport energy consumption has increased from 46% to 52% in 2015. Air transport represents 19% in 2015 (against 17% in 2000). The remaining is split among trucks and light vehicles (20%), rail (2%) and bus (4%).

Figure 7: Split of the transport energy consumption by mode


The split of traffic between modes remains quite constant since 2000. Cars represent around 80% of the traffic of passengers. Transport of passengerby bus and rail both represents about 10% each.

Figure 8: Share of transport in passenger traffic


The share of transport of freight by road has decreased from 92% to 89% in 2015. On the opposite, the share of rail freight traffic has increased slightly in 2015 and represents 11% of the traffic (8% in 2000).

Figure 9: Share of modes in freight traffic


The energy consumption in the transport sector has increased by 0.6%/year from 4 Mtoe to 4.3 Mtoe. The main drivers for the increase is more activity (e.g. more traffic), and some other effects (e.g. behavior, decrease in load factors for trucks etc). Energy savings counterbalanced the activity effect and tend to decrease the energy consumption (0.6 Mtoe).

Figure 10: Main drivers of the energy consumption variation in transport


In Denmark, a number of initiatives have been taken to promote energy efficiency in the transport sector, among other things measures which can improve energy efficiency in public transport, building of environmental zones in the bigger cities, mandatory refresher courses for professional drivers which include ‘green driving’ and financial support for sustainable transport measures.

Table 3: Policies and measures into force in the transport sector

MeasuresDescriptionExpected savings, impact evaluationMore information available
Tax on fuelThe taxes on fuels used for transport are increasing the pricies.
Environmental zones in bigger cities
Tax reduction for new cars with low fuel consumptionNew cars are highly taxed in Denmark. The taxes level are linked to the cars energy efficiency, but also to other factors.
Source: MURE


Energy consumption in industry has decreased significantly from 2000 to 2015 with about 25%. It is especially the consumption in the manufacturing sector that has decreased. The food, beverages and tobacco sector is the main contributor of energy consumption in the manufacturing sector.

Note: In 2015 non-ferrous is a part of steel.

Figure 11: Final energy consumption by branch


The energy consumption per tonne of paper produced has decreased by 8%/year from 2000 to 2015. This may be an effect of a reduced paper production.

Figure 12: Unit consumption of energy‐intensive products (toe/t)


The decreasing energy consumption in industry is mainly due to energy savings due to technical improvement of the machineries and processes.

Figure 13: Main drivers of the energy consumption variation in industry


The main important instrument in industry are the energy efficiency obligation scheme, but the voluntary agreement scheme are also important.

Table 4: Policies and measures into force in industry

MeasuresDescriptionExpected savings, impact evaluationMore information available
Energy audits in large enterprisesMandatory energy audits for all large enterprises, requiring a screening of the entire energy consumption within the enterprise as well as a mapping of the saving potential.
Energy efficiency obligation schemeAbout 60 % of the reported savings are in private entreprises. Evaluations shows that it has had an important impact on the efficiency improvements
Voluntary agreement scheme for energy-intensive companiesIn order to take part in the scheme, the enterprises enter into a three-year agreement, which requires them to develop, implement and maintain an energy management system which is certified in accordance with the DS/EN ISO 50001 standard and the Danish Energy Agency's supplementary requirements for the energy management system.
Source: MURE