Denmark and the EU's 2030 climate goals

4 january 2017

The Danish Council on Climate Change has analysed the Danish share of the EU’s 2030 climate target. On face value it sounds like a great assignment, but the goal contains so much freedom that Denmark does not need to have a rushed and costly transition in the period 2021-2030. Instead it provides the possibility to launch intelligent actions which will also put us on the right path towards 2050.

The EU has a climate target for 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent compared to 2005 from the part of the economy that is not covered by the EU Emission Trading System (ETS).

Denmark has as a member of the EU been given a reduction target of 39 percent. To meet this target Denmark has the opportunity to take advantage of several so-called flexibility mechanisms. However, the Danish Council on Climate Change's analysis shows that some of these flexibility options will not result in real reductions leading up to 2030, and the Council therefore recommends that Denmark does not use the flexibility mechanism to its fullest. In addition, the analysis shows that although Denmark will refrain from using full flexibility and purchase reductions from abroad, the task will be manageable.

The Danish Council on Climate Change's analysis “Denmark and the EU's 2030 climate goals - analysis of the Commission's proposal for reduction targets outside the Emission Trading Scheme” and related fact sheets can be downloaded from the menu.