Broad Danish Agreement on Climate Bill  

and Ambitious Climate Goals

2014.02.10

Denmark will for the first time have a national climate policy established by law. On Friday, the Danish Government signed an agreement with the Conservative People’s Party, Socialist People's Party and the Red-Green Alliance on the contents of a climate bill to be presented to Parliament.

The parties have also agreed that they stand behind the government's target of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

-"It is truly a great day. The broad agreement on the 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gasses ensures that the ambitious targets the government has set will live on, even after an election," says Climate, Energy and Building Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen.

Creating jobs and a low-carbon society

With agreement on the national climate targets for 2020, the parties agree to ensure that climate action will create jobs and not cost jobs.

The same parties also agreed on the formulation of the climate law. It is a policy objective that Denmark becomes a low-carbon society by the year 2050 in which greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to an absolute minimum. The climate law must ensure that development takes place at a reasonable pace in terms of growth and development. The incumbent government shall, every five years, fix climate targets for ten years ahead of time. The government shall also make and annual report to Parliament on how far we have come in relation to these issues.

Independent Climate Council

In the context of the climate law, a Climate Council is to be established. It will be a council composed of independent experts whose job it will be to advise the government on the easiest and cheapest means of transitioning Denmark to a low-carbon society.

-"It is a significant challenge to change Danish society in this way. It is vital that we plan effectively to make the transition both environmentally and resource-efficient so that growth and development are also supported. In this respect, the climate law and Climate Council should be of great help to us," says Rasmus Helveg Petersen.

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