Danish climate bill ensures climate responsibility
12 June 2014
Society and living
Climate changes pose a serious threat to societies, business life and the single citizen. With the climate bill passed by the parliament, Denmark continues its efforts to mitigate the effects.
The climate bill will ensure that climate challenges are kept high on the political agenda regardless of changing governments. It is an instrument to ensure on-going progress in order to achieve the Danish goal of a society based 100% on renewable energy with lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050:
“Denmark has the possibility to reduce its climate burden. That is why we also have an obligation to do so. We must meet the goal that we have set, and Denmark must demonstrate to the world that it is possible to reduce the climate changes before the damages become too great. With the climate bill a majority in parliament takes responsibility for the Danish climate efforts,” says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Rasmus Helveg Petersen.
Climate bill actions
The climate bill ensures progress and transparency in the climate political efforts. As a result of the bill, a permanent and independent climate council will be established, consisting of experts with expertise in energy transportation, buildings, agriculture, environment, nature and economy. At least once a year, the climate council will bring recommendations to the government about climate efforts and contribute to the public debate about Denmark’s efforts. The council is selected for a four-year term and will consist of a chairman and six experts.
Each year, the Minister for Climate, Energy and Building must send a climate political account to the parliament, which provides a status for emission of greenhouse gasses and compliance with international climate agreements. In addition, the climate bill requires that the minister in power for climate, energy and building puts forward national climate targets every fifth year. The climate targets must have a ten year perspective and the level of ambition must point towards 2050.
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