SBS' Dateline travelled to Samso Island, in Denmark, to find out how the so-called 'Isle of plenty' manages to be carbon neutral.
SBS' Dateline program travelled to Samso Island, in Denmark, to find out how the so-called 'Isle of plenty' manages to be carbon neutral.
In 1997, Samsø won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community.
At the time Samsø was entirely dependent on oil and coal, both of which it imported from the mainland.
Now 100 per cent of its electricity comes from wind power.
Soren Hermansen, from the Samso Energy Academy, explains how such a shift was possible.
"The driving force of this was not to tell people we will cut down the CO2, but talk about the daily cost, the household economy," he told Dateline.
"You should think local and act local, and forget about the global.
"Because, I mean, we live in a community in a world of communication. If somebody living in an apartment building is doing something significant, that will be spread all over the world in no time," Mr Hermansen said.