Denmark’s new government sets 2045 climate neutrality target

Denmark’s new centre coalition says it is setting more ambitious climate targets.

Denmark’s new government sets 2045 climate neutrality target
Denmark will continue to pursue a CO2 tax on agriculture as it introduces new climate targets. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the new government which she will lead will raise Denmark’s climate ambitions.

Frederiksen confirmed new climate targets during the presentation of the new government platform on Wednesday.

In what Frederiksen called an “ambitious climate act”, the new government wants to make Denmark climate-neutral by 2045 and reduce CO2 emissions nationally by 110 percent compared to 1990 levels.

Both targets set higher criteria than existing climate goals. The previous target for climate neutrality was 2050.

“We are now more ambitious than we were before,” Frederiksen said.

The government will also pursue the existing policy of introducing a CO2 tax on agriculture and the aviation industry.

All three government parties – the Social Democrats, Moderates and Liberals – favour environmental levies on the two sectors. The Liberals were previously sceptical over the benefits of a CO2 emissions charge.

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Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Germany and Denmark will work together to construct a pipeline to transport hydrogen between the two countries, ministers announced on Friday.

Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Danish climate minister Lars Aagaard and German counterpart, Minister for the Economy and Climate Robert Habeck, briefed press on Friday after signing a declaration which could see a hydrogen pipeline between the countries completed by 2028.

“A big thank you to Germany when it comes to questions of energy and climate,” Aagaard said.

“We have the same interests in so many areas. Today we are taking it one step further,” he continued.

The declaration means the countries will work on an underground hydrogen pipeline between the Danish region of West Jutland and northern Germany.

The agreement sets out the general framework for the plan and who will lead it, according to Danish news wire Ritzau.

A Danish-German partnership over a hydrogen pipeline can be seen in a broader context of the Danish government’s plans relating to Power-to-X technology.

Power-to-X is the process by which electricity and water are converted into hydrogen using electrolysis. The hydrogen which is produced can be used as fuel in a number of ways, including as power for ferries, trucks and industry.

An agreement passed by the Danish parliament last year aims to build electrolysis capacity in the Nordic country to 4-6 gigawatts by 2030.

Germany already uses a large amount of hydrogen in its industry and will eventually need to convert from fossil fuel-produced hydrogen to hydrogen produced from sustainable sources such as wind and solar.

Demand for hydrogen power in Denmark is currently more limited.