Climate Change Performance Index:  

Denmark Takes the Lead in Combating Climate Change

2012.12.05

A new report recognizes Denmark’s energy policy as a decisive step towards a green transition and the fight against climate change.

The ambitious Danish energy agreement drafted earlier this year is one of the main reasons why Denmark has jumped from rank 9 to 1 in this year’s climate change index.

"Denmark is this year’s best performer and ranks 4th behind the top three empty positions. Their success is based on a positive development in recent emissions and an exceptionally good policy evaluation.,” concludes the report.

The report made by the Climate Action Network Europe in collaboration with the environmental think tank Germanwatch assesses countries based on CO2-emissions, sustainable energy, energy efficiency, as well as environmentally-friendly policies.

Danish Energy Agreement Encourages Green Transition

As a strong testament to Denmark’s dedication to a green transition, the Danish government entered into an ambitious energy agreement in March 2012, stipulating that around 35 per cent of Denmark’s energy will come from renewable resources in 2020, and that the country will be entirely free of fossil fuels by 2050.

Minister for Trade and Investment, Mrs. Pia Olsen Dyhr, says:

-“With the historically broad and ambitious agreement we drafted this spring, we have paved the way for an even stronger cleantech industry in Denmark. The agreement assures good framework conditions and that energy policy will continue detached from changes in the governing majorities.”

-“I am obviously pleased to see that the Danish efforts to reduce CO2 emission are reflected in the new Climate Change Performance Index, and I hope to see both Danish and foreign companies contribute to intensify this development in the years to come.”

Also the WWF and the Danish-based Ecological Council point to the energy agreement as a key determinant behind Denmark’s impressive ranking as world number one:

- “The world needs countries that can serve as role-models of how to switch an entire society to be dependent on sustainable energy with a large degree of energy efficiency. Denmark is such a country. We demonstrate that it is both possible and economically sustainable to make a switch in energy supply, says Energy and Climate Policy Advisor in the Danish Ecological Council, Søren Dyck-Madsen in a press release.”

Download the report here. 

The Climate Change Perception Index 2013

About the Climate Change Performance Index

The Climate Change Performance Index is an instrument designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics and highlight those countries with best-practice climate policies. On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.

 

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