Danish Climate Act passed by Parliament with huge majority, enshrining 70% reduction target by 2030 in law

Published 17-06-2020
Climate

Today, the Danish Parliament passed the new Climate Act with 8 out of 10 parties supporting the proposal. Despite the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing economic turmoil, the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 is maintained and enshrined in the law.

The Climate Act will act as the new framework for Danish climate policy in the years to come, for example through establishing an ambition mechanism with a five-year cycle, designed to ensure both early action and to revise the reduction targets. 

“Today is a historic day, marking the end of a long journey from the conception of an idea to a fully fledged Climate Act, designed to guide Denmark all the way to climate neutrality. The law sets our 70% reduction target in stone and reconfirms our full and unwavering commitment to deliver our part in the common fight against climate change. In the face of a historic health and economic crisis, it is perhaps more important than ever,” says the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen.

“It is our aspiration to lead the way by example and hopefully inspire others around the world to follow. The Act is also a testament to the crucial role of the public at large in the momentous transformation to a sustainable society. Even though the law was passed today with a huge political majority, we really couldn’t have done this without the broad and passionate support among ordinary Danes, and of course civil society that helped set things in motion,” says the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen.

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