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  • 14 August 2013

Climate policy plan 2013: Denmark to pursue an active climate policy

The Danish government has just presented a new climate policy plan 2013, which is to reduce Denmark’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent in 2020 compared with 1990 levels. To achieve this target, Denmark needs to reduce its emissions by 6 per cent up to 2020.

Denmark has come far in terms of meeting the target of a 40 per cent reduction of greenhouse gases in 2020. According to the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, the energy agreement of 22 March 2012 represents a major step towards Denmark’s expected overall reduction of emissions by 34 per cent in 2020 compared with 1990 levels.

According to the plan, the remaining reduction of approximately 6 per cent, corresponding to 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, is to be achieved primarily from measures in the transport, agricultural, construction and waste management sectors.

The government’s policy in relation to the climate target is based on both European and national measures.

At a European level, the government will work for a structural improvement of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme. In addition, the government supports specific proposals from the European Commission, including tightening of the emission requirements for cars and a greener agricultural policy.

At a national level, the government will ensure that a number of initiatives are taken in the years to come by making climate considerations a natural element of sector area policies.

Consequently, the government has already initiated comprehensive investigations regarding, for instance, nature and the environment. Moreover, the Congestion Committee will present its recommenditions on reduction of congestion and pollution during 2013.

In connection with the work on the climate policy plan, an inter-ministerial working group has prepared a catalogue describing about 80 possible climate policy initiatives, including the related costs and potential for emission reductions.

The catalogue contains analyses of measures such as reducing the top speed limit on motorways from 130 km/h to 110 km/h, abolishing the transport allowance, requiring permanent cover on liquid manure tanks and separation of plastic from other waste.

In the coming parliamentary year, the government will also present a climate change bill. The climate bill is to ensure progress and transparency of the climate policy and will, among other things, contain requirements for an annual climate policy progress report to show whether Denmark is on track to meet the target of a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

The possible climate policy initiatives and the climate bill will be the government’s main instruments for adjustment of its climate policy.
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