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Published on August 14th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo

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Denmark presents new climate policy plan

The Danish government has presented a climate policy plan 2013. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the year 2020, compared to1990 levels.

“Climate change is real and showing effects around the World” says Climate, Energy and Buildings Minister Martin Lidegaard. “Within a few decades, these effects  will seriously degrade the living conditions of millions of people around the globe. We have a duty, both ethically and morally, to take action. As a wealthy country, Denmark has the capability to take the lead and the climate policy plan I am proposing is showing the way.”

The remaining reductions to achieve the goal will come primarily from the transportation, agriculture and construction sectors, and from waste management, states the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building. In order to reach the government’s goal, we must eliminate the equivalent of approximately four million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2020.

The government will introduce a climate change bill during the upcoming session of parliament. The purpose of this upcoming bill  is to ensure progress and transparency in the climate policy development. The bill will include requirements for an annual climate policy progress report to show whether Denmark is on track to meet the goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

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