New climate plan to make Denmark carbon neutral by 2050

A ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2030, subsidies for electric cars and strict carbon requirements in public transport. These are some of the headlines in the Danish government's new climate and air proposal.

The Danish government has put forward its new climate and air proposal; Together for a greener future.

38 initiatives in seven target areas will make Denmark a world leader in the green transition, according to the government.

The climate and air proposal includes a ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and it proposes to earmark DKK 80m for fast-charging docking cradles for electric cars.

Public transport was also addressed. By 2030, no city buses must exhaust carbon dioxide or other air polluting particles. And as soon as 2020, city busses must be carbon neutral.

'Together for a greener future' at a glance

  • Denmark will be carbon neutral by 2050.
  • No new petrol and diesel cars will be sold after 2030.
  • DKK 80m is earmarked for fast-charging docking cradles for electric cars.
  • The registration fee for green cars for less than DKK 400,000 will be removed in 2019 and 2020.
  • By 2030, no city buses must exhaust carbon dioxide or other air polluting particles. By 2020, busses must be carbon neutral.
  • In 2030, petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the taxi industry.
  • Environmental zones in Denmark’s five largest cities, increasing environmental requirements for lorries, buses and vans.
  • Climate-friendly asphalt will be rolled out on the state road network.
  • Biogas plants must be sealed off to reduce methane emissions.
  • Woodburning stoves from before 2000 must be removed when purchasing a house.
  • A climate- and environmentally-efficient agricultural sector, with a strong focus on research.
  • Lower emissions from industry and housing.
  • Behavioural campaign with climate labelling.
  • Research efforts to develop carbon capture and storage technologies for use in Denmark’s fields and forests.
Source: The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate