The Gift to the Earth certificate will be presented by Jim Leape, WWF International Director General, to the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen today in the presence of international political and corporate leaders.
WWF recognizes the Danish government for having set the world’s most ambitious targets within climate and renewable energy in combination with a long track record of promoting and implementing clean and sustainable energies.
- “Denmark shows that it is possible to develop a sustainable society and at the same time secure economic growth and welfare. It is the lighthouse we need to show that change is possible. Hopefully other countries will look toward Denmark for inspiration to rise to the urgent challenge of protecting the Earth’s climate.” says Jim Leape, WWF International Director General.
Gitte Seeberg, WWF-Denmark CEO, is proud to promote Denmark as a global example of how the climate challenge can be addressed:
- “Since the oil crisis in the 1970s the Danish Parliament has had a strong and long tradition of cooperating on renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. We are thrilled that the present government and Parliament has taken even further ambitious steps to bring Denmark on the safe road towards a 100% renewable society in 2050”.
Denmark’s ambitious energy policy is heading for a green growth economy entirely independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Milestones on the road will be:
reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 compared to 1990 level
phasing out coal by 2030
power and heat supply based on 100% renewable energy by 2035
100% renewables in energy and transportation sector by 2050
About a Gift to the Earth
A Gift to the Earth is a public celebration by WWF of a conservation action by a government, a company, an organization, or an individual which is both a demonstration of environmental leadership and a globally significant contribution to the protection of the living world. The gift is symbolic and enables WWF to draw worldwide attention to the conservation action, helping to encourage similar actions by others elsewhere.