Today, greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 per cent higher than in 1990, and global warming is causing drastic changes in our climate. At the same time, the world population will rise to almost ten billion in 2050, with everyone needing clean water, enough to eat, and cheap energy.
DTU is playing its role in helping to tackle climate change. We are world-leading in renewable energy research, where we are focusing on addressing the major challenge of transforming and integrating renewable energy systems—for example wind power and solar energy—so they become interconnected, ‘intelligent’, flexible, and stable.
At the same time, we are monitoring the environment, we are keeping an eye on the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, we are developing disease-resistant cultivated plants that can withstand climate change, and we are researching bio-based production methods for industry, so that we can produce, for example, plastics and chemicals without using oil.