Denmark to address climate change through active policymaking

A new catalogue of ides lays the foundations for a new climate change bill introduced by the Danish government during the upcoming session of parliament. These climate policy initiatives set out a variety of ways in which Denmark can reach its target of a 40% reduction in emissions by 2020.

Denmark’s goal is to be entirely free of fossil fuels by 2050 and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with 40% by the year 2020, compared to1990 levels. A major step towards reaching that last goal was accomplished in March 2012, with the political agreement on energy policy. The remaining reductions of approximately four million tons of CO2 or six percentage points will come primarily from the transportation, agriculture and construction sectors, and from waste management.

A responsible and economically sound climate policy
As part of the government’s work on a climate policy plan, an inter-ministerial working group has developed a catalogue of about 80 possible climate policy initiatives to address climate change. These policy proposals, along with proposed legislation, will be the government’s main instruments in the coming years in order to continuously monitor and adjust its climate policy.

Part of the plan is also to demonstrate that reducing emissions and securing economic growth and welfare can go hand in hand:

“The government wants to show that an ambitious climate policy can be combined with economic development and good framework conditions for the business community. Only this way, can our example inspire others. That is also the reason for the government’s decision not to impose new, general increases on taxes and levies in the business community.” It reads in the climate plan (in Danish).

Read more at the Ministry for Climate, Energy and Building's website.