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17 December 2018
In October 2018 the government published a new proposal regarding climate and air policy. The proposal contains 38 specific initiatives which should put Denmark on course for reaching its EU climate goals by 2030.
The Danish Energy Agency estimates that Denmark must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by between 32 million and 37 million tons by 2030 to meet the EU climate goals. The proposal aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 31 million tons and is part of the greater plan of becoming a climate-neutral country by 2050.
The proposal mainly addresses four areas:
There are 38 initiatives covering a wide area, but the main focus is on the transport sector.
Almost 25% of Denmark's total greenhouse gas emissions come from the transport sector, meaning that most of the initiatives are in respect of cleaner transport. The government wants to encourage the population to buy green cars, which primarily run on electricity rather than diesel and petrol. The goal is to make it easier to buy and own a green vehicle. The proposal also contains initiatives such as easier access to battery-charging and parking facilities for green cars.
The initiatives include the following:
One key challenge to the proposal will be the lack of income from car-related taxes. Presently, approximately 5% of the state's income is related to tax on diesel and petrol cars. A new source of income must be found before Denmark can fully transition to electric cars. A commission has been formed to follow up on the technological development of green cars and to solve the financial challenges.
For further information on this topic please contact Nicolaj Kleist at Bruun & Hjejle by telephone (+45 33 34 50 00) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Bruun & Hjejle website can be accessed at www.bruunhjejle.com.
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