Denmark Climate Law Makes It Illegal To Not Fight Climate Change

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The parliament of Denmark has recently adopted a new law on climate. The Denmark climate law commits to cut emissions drastically and reach a level that is 70% less than the nation’s emissions in 1990. The time frame has been stated as 11 years, so by the end of this decade since the law was adopted in 2019.

The Denmark climate law also sets a target of being neutral carbon-wise by the middle of the century that is 2050. To ensure that progress happens, a strong system has been put into place to monitor it. New climate targets will be stated every 5 years, which will all be legally binding. The perspective for the targets will consider a period of 10 years.

A Rocky Start For The Denmark Climate Law

However, in the first annual report published in 2021, the Danish Climate Change Council had bad news. It said that all the various initiatives planned since 2019 will only reduce emissions to 54% below its 1990 levels. Not the 70% target.

Even though it is a significant first step, this is not equivalent to reaching a third of the way, warned the report. It noted that all the easier objectives have been met. So the next ones will increase in difficulty.

The Denmark Climate law was touted as the first of its kind in national legislation. The law also has commitments of engaging climate change internationally. Among which is included setting aside climate finances to help developing countries.

Read: Norway Announces Complete Ban On Deforestation; Many Others To Follow 

In the 2019 elections, the environment was the hottest issue for the campaigns. The Social Democrats had formed a minority government, and the coalition together had agreed to the 70% target. The Denmark climate law also calls for climate projects every year, which must be more ambitious than the last.

The first ones were the projects for building a pair of “energy islands”. Together, they would produce 5 Gigawatts of wind energy. Although the pandemic has been a big road bump in the green transformation, Dan Jorgensen, the country’s environment minister, believes that there is more to be learned. 

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  1. Ok. That is a decent start. What a lot of people refuse to realize though that is convenient painless techno-fixes involving solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, methane-power won’t be sufficient. What is needed is actually a pedestrian-vegetarian lifestyle in which even spending energy on heating and cooling in many structures may not be allowable. Such may only be allowable in critical areas for living spaces (including those for animals and indoor plants) and storage of vulnerable items such as documents, and electronics.


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