So there\’s this island in Denmark that\’s gone all renewable. In fact, they\’ve got a negative carbon footprint (they export energy you see). There is, however, one small problem.
And it should also be noted that the island\’s transformation has come at a price: roughly 420m kroner – about £40m – that includes money from the Danish government, the EU, local businessmen and individual members of collectives. Thus the Samso revolution cost around £10,000 per islander, although a good chunk has come from each person\’s own pockets. Nevertheless, if you multiply that sum by 60m – the population of Great Britain – you get a figure of around £600bn as the cost of bringing a similar revolution to Britain. It is utterly impractical, of course – a point happily acknowledged by Soren.
Given that the damage done by the UK\’s emission (some 500 million tonnes at €35 a tonne if we are to believe the official figures) is some €17.5 billion a year we\’ve thus got a payback time of 34 years….and the turbines etc have a shorter life than that.
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