“Denmark clearly defended its fourth place in this year’s Index. Its policy evaluation is exceptional; it managed to slightly improve its score in nearly every sector compared to the previous year,” concludes the report. No country has yet achieved one of the first three ranks.
The report is released by the environmental think tank Germanwatch and CAN Europe. It assesses countries based on CO2-emissions, sustainable energy, energy efficiency, as well as environmentally-friendly policies.
- “It is a remarkable recognition of the Danish efforts in the energy sector. Even though Danes use energy like other developed countries, we do it much more efficiently – and we have a clear direction for the transformation of our energy sector. It is also obvious that CO2 emissions from our electricity and heat production is one of the important factors that brings Denmark upwards in the index. Here we have done a lot,” concludes Charlotte Søndergren, Head of Department at the Danish Energy Department.
Model Danish Energy Policy
As a strong testament to Denmark’s dedication to a green transition, the Danish government entered into an ambitious energy agreement in March 2012, heading for 35 per cent of Denmark’s energy to come from renewable resources in 2020, and that the country will be entirely free of fossil fuels by 2050.
Cleantech Team Leader at Invest in Denmark, Peter Plesner explains how the ambitious energy agreement also benefits investors: “The broad energy agreement provides investors with the necessary security that the Danish energy policy will continue detached from changes in the governing majorities and this allows for the kind of long term planning which is important for a good business case. The new report shows me that we are heading in the right direction, and I sincerely hope that more foreign companies will join us in the fight against climate change.”
About the Climate Change Performance Index
CCPI 2014 is a tool designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are together responsible for more than 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.