Denmark adopts climate law to cut emissions 70% by 2030

(Climate Change News, 6 Dec 2019) New law binds Denmark to international climate process, including climate finance to developing countries.

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Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in the next eleven years.

The law targets carbon neutrality by 2050 and includes a robust monitoring system. New legally-binding targets will be set every five years, with a ten-year perspective. The first of these will be set in 2020.

In what the government claims is a first for a national legislature, the new law also has a commitment to climate engagement internationally. This includes an ongoing obligation to deliver on international agreements, including climate finance to developing countries.

The government will need to provide an annual global report on the international effects of Danish climate action, as well as the effects of Danish imports and consumption. It will also need to provide a strategy for how its foreign, development and trade policy is driving international climate action.

Negotiations on the climate act began last September after a left-wing coalition, led by Mette Frederiksen’s Social Democrats won power in June and made climate action one of its highest priorities.

Dan Jørgensen, Denmark’s climate and energy minister, said the process has been “difficult” to get through but that it was important to secure a broad majority for the law.

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