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Denmark makes astonishing progress towards reaching climate goals

Denmark makes astonishing progress towards reaching climate goals

The country is ahead of its initial schedule

Last year, Denmark committed itself to reducing CO2 emissions by 70% (20 million tonnes) over the next ten years. Now, only one year later, it is already close to achieving this ambitious target.

More specifically, the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Supply reported that the country has met 40% of its goal. In other words, Denmark has succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by 8.2 million tonnes over the past year. According to the ministry, this amount corresponds to the annual CO2 emissions which are released from cars and vans in the country.

In a press release, the Minister of Climate Dan Jørgensen commented on this impressive achievement: “We have come a long way in just one year and we have come further than first assumed. This is good news – not least for the climate. Broad connection in the Folketing [Parliament] has created a solid foundation.”

The Minister further noted that the achievement does not mean that the work can now stop. On the contrary, he explains that the nation must continue to put in effort to find new ways of achieving a climate-neutral society.

What contributed to this impressive reduction?

Evidently, the green transition has gained astonishing momentum in the Nordic country. According to the Ministry, the reduction of CO2 emissions is a result of green political agreements.

Moreover, it is important to note that the country has also seen a rise in the use and sale of greener vehicles. Taking this further, industries have become more climate-friendly as many have begun to make use of greener energy forms.

All of these actions and reforms have massively contributed to this year’s impressive reduction of CO2 emissions. Now, Denmark is only 11.8 million tonnes away from achieving its initial goal.



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