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Denmark to inscribe climate policy into law

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Danish Prime Minsiter Helle Thorning-Schmidt gave her support to the climate law. Creative Commons: Arbeiderpartiet, 2011

A decision to inscribe Denmark’s 40% emission reduction target into law have been welcomed by the country’s green NGOs this week.

The country is set to become the latest country to have its climate targets put into law, following a deal between the country’s government and its three leading political parties.

The law will see the current target of a 40% emissions reduction by 2020 on 1990 levels become legally binding.

An independent body will also be created to monitor climate policy.

Denmark’s new Climate, Energy and Building Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen described it as “truly a great day”.

The move has been welcomed by green NGOs in the country that say it will help Denmark reach its aims of becoming a low carbon society by 2050.

When the new government came to power in 2011, it set out aims for the country to get 100% of electricity and heat from renewables by 2035, and 100% of all energy supply by 2050.

“The broad agreement on the 40% reduction of greenhouse gasses, to ensure meeting the ambitious targets that the government has set, will continue, even after an election,” Petersen said.

“The Conservatives have announced their commitment to an agreement among the parties who take responsibility for the climate.”

The bill is backed by the Social Democrats, the lead member of the ruling coalition, together with the Conservative People’s Party, Socialist People’s Party and the Red-Green Alliance.

When passed, the law will oblige Danish governments to set national greenhouse gas targets every five years with a ten year perspective.

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