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Dec 09, 2019

Danish Parliament Agrees On New Climate Law

On December 6, a vast majority of the Parliament (with the exception of Liberal Alliance and Nye Borgerlige) agreed on and approved a new climate law.

The climate law is to secure that Denmark will meet the objective of reducing its greenhouse emissions by 70 percent by 2030 compared to the level of 1990. The overall goal is for Denmark to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The climate law is set to be approved by the Danish Folketing before Christmas and will be followed by negotiations of a climate action plan in the Spring. Minister of Climate Dan Jørgensen says that the climate action plan will be developed based on recommendations from the government’s Klimaråd/Climate Council (expert working group).

Here are some of the central points of the law:

  • Denmark is to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2030.
  • The agreement includes setting a subsidiary goal for 2025 in order to reach the end objective of a 70 percent reduction by 2030. The subsidiary goal will be negotiated in 2020 as part of the climate action plan negotiations.
  • The objective of reducing greenhouse emissions must be phased in on Danish soil thereby excluding the possibility of emission trading as a means to reach the target.
  • Any sitting Parliament will be abided by law to maintain the objective of reducing Denmark’s greenhouse emissions by 70 percent by 2030. This objective cannot be changed.
  • If Denmark fails to reach its objective, the agreement includes a remedy clause, where alternative options i.e. CO2 quotas may be adopted if necessary, to reach the end objective.

Source: Ritzau & regeringen.dk