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Danish Climate and Energy Policy

The Danish Government has in its government platform laid down a goal to reduce Denmark’s GHG emissions by 40 % by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

Energy Agreement

In Marts 2012, the Government drew up an energy agreement with the parties behind the agreement representing 171 seats out of 179 in the parliament. The agreement establishes a framework for the policy on climate and energy up to 2020 and outlines the direction Denmark will take until 2050. 

One of the key points of the agreement is that in 2020 half of the electricity consumption will come from wind power (compared to 25 % today), the energy consumption will decrease by more than 12 % in 2020 compared to 2006, and the agreement secures a 10 % biofuel blend in 2020.

The initiatives in the agreement will lead to CO2 emissions in 2020 being 34 % lower than they were in 1990.

The agreement is an important step on the road towards the transition of the Danish energy system to 100 % renewable energy by 2050. 

Climate Plan

With the energy agreement from March 2012, a 34 % CO2 reduction is achieved, which means that 6 % is missing in order to reach the target of a 40 % CO2 reduction in 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

These 6 % are to be found in the coming climate agreement, which will cover the non-ETS sectors (transport, agriculture and buildings).

In August 2013, the government presented a catalogue of about 80 possible climate policy initiatives to address climate change. These policy proposals, along with the proposed legislation, will be the government’s main instruments in the coming years in order to continuously monitor and adjust its climate policy.

Read the outline of the Danish energy agreement here.

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