Together for a greener future

Published 09-10-2018
Climate

Denmark aims to remain at the global forefront of environmental policy. We must ensure that Danes continue to enjoy access to clean air and a stable climate, while steering development towards green solutions in Denmark, Europe, and around the world. We will achieve these aims through a series of strong and effective initiatives that put Denmark on course for reaching its climate goals in the EU by 2030. These initiatives also push towards the ambitious goal of a climate-neutral Denmark by 2050, where we absorb at least as much greenhouse gas as we emit.

Denmark must remain a world leader in green initiatives. By setting new climate and environment standards, we inspire others to take action and help shape developments in Europe and around the world. With the climate and air proposal “Together for a greener future”, the Government takes the next step towards a Denmark where the air is clean, and where we will eventually reduce our negative climate impact to zero.

The climate and air proposal bears the title “Together for a greener future”, calling on all Danes to come together and embrace a shared responsibility for our planet. The proposal takes shape through 38 concrete initiatives to ensure cleaner transport in cities and the countryside, efficient and modern agriculture, more environmentally-friendly shipping, and a green transition in housing and industry.

Key initiatives in the climate and air proposal include:

  • Phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
  • Zero carbon emissions and zero air pollution from busses in Denmark’s cities by 2030.
  • A climate- and environmentally-efficient agricultural sector, with a strong focus on research.
  • Clean air in big cities through stricter environmental zones.
  • Lower emissions from industry and housing.
  • Behavioural campaign with climate labelling.
  • Research efforts to develop carbon capture and storage technologies for use in Denmark’s fields and forests.

Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt:

“Denmark must remain a world leader in green initiatives. By setting new climate and environment standards, we inspire others to take action and help shape developments in Europe and around the world. With the climate and air proposal ‘Together for a greener future’, the Government takes the next step towards a Denmark where the air is clean, and where we will eventually reduce our negative climate impact to zero.”

Minister for Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen:

“We are clamping down on emissions, noise and pollution in Denmark’s biggest cities to protect the health of Danes. We will ensure cleaner air in the big cities by instituting stricter environmental zones, banning older, polluting lorries, busses and vans from our city streets. We’re introducing a scrap premium for old diesel cars and wood-burning stoves so that we can get new and less polluting models on the market. At sea, we will hunt down ships that violate fuel regulations to prevent sulphur pollution in the air over Denmark.”

Minister for Transport, Building and Housing Ole Birk Olesen:

“It must be easier for Danes to drive greener. Busses and taxis must lead the way – by 2030, there will be no more pollution from busses and taxis in the cities. It should also be easier to own a green car in Denmark, so we would like to give the municipalities greater freedom to offer parking discounts for green cars, and we want to make it easier to find a parking space for your electric car.”

Minister for Taxation Karsten Lauritzen:

“We need more electric cars on the roads and we need to make them more accessible for ordinary Danes and Denmark’s businesses. Therefore, the Government proposes an elimination of taxes on electrical cars priced under DKK 400,000 for the next two years. The Government will also make it cheaper to choose electric cars for use as company cars.”

 

Contact information:

Head of Press Jesper Caruso, Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, (+45) 4172 9184, Head of Communications Mette Thorn, Ministry of the Environment and Food, (+45) 2561 7170, Head of Press Mia Josiassen,  Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing, (+45) 7226 7075, Head of Press Søren Skovbo Nielsen, Ministry of Taxation, (+45) 7237 0170,