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The Climate Act

legislation type Legislative
Mitigation Framework
Passed in 2020
The Climate Act sets a target to reduce Denmark’s emissions by 70 percent in 2030 compared to 1990 and climate neutrality by 2050. The Act sets a rolling five-year target, 10 years in advance. The UN accounting rules are used to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and reductions against the target. 

The climate council is strengthened and expanded; its funds doubled, and its independence strengthened by self-election of new chairman and members.

The Act sets a series of reporting obligations on government, including an annual parliamentary examination of the government’s action towards meeting the targets. Government is  required to produce on the impact of its climate policy on Danish imports and consumption. Government must also produce an annual global strategy stating how the government's foreign, development and trade policies ensure Denmark’s role as a global driver in international climate policy.

Section 13 of the Act provides for the repeal of the previous Climate Change Act (Act No. 716 of 25 June 2014)

The Act was amended in 2021 to include the emission reduction target for 2025 of 50-54%.


  • Climate neutrality by 2050
    Economy-wide | Base year target | Target year: 2050 | Base year:
  • Reduce Denmark’s emissions by 70 percent in 2030 compared to 1990
    Economy-wide | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 1990
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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