Denmark

RoundBaltic in Denmark

The SEI Forum intervention in Denmark has comprised a public conference in Copenhagen, 19th May 2017, and two roundtables, the first roundtable in Copenhagen, 16th November 2018, and a second roundtable in Copenhagen, 14th May 2019. 

RoundBaltic will follow-up on the recommendation from the previous roundtables and also introduce a regional dimension. In total three national roundtables are planned. These will be supplemented by 2 regional roundtables in Central Denmark, South denmark and East Denmark. Link her og link på kort specific support will be given to actions at the regional level, and with regional roundtables as an anchor point and in interaction with the national roundtables as to define the national supportive framework.

The Danish policy framework

The regulatory framework for the Danish climate related policies including the energy efficiency sector is laid out in an ambitious and binding Danish Climate Act that was adopted in year 2019 by the Danish Government led by the Social Democrats) and supported by a majority of the other political parties with the perspective it will stay robust for political changes.

The Climate Act entails a climate target of 70 percent CO2 reduction in 2030 compared to the level in 1990 and aim to ensure that Denmark takes the lead in the green transition, raises ambitions for the climate and inspires the whole world to climate action. The long-term target is to reach CO2 neutrality by 2050.

The Climate Act obliges the Minister of Climate, Energy and Supply to present a climate program, which will be the key tool for a continuous assessment and adjustment of Danish climate efforts. The Danish Council on Climate Change was established in 2015 and has the role to monitor and give guidance on the implementation process of the climate policies. Hence at the beginning of each year, the Climate Council must provide a professional assessment of whether the government is on the right path towards the goals of the Climate Act.

Climate Partnerships

The national strategy will require massive investments in green transition. To achieve the goal, the government has set up 13 climate partnerships, of which “Finance Denmark” is part of the climate partnership for the financial sector. Finance Denmark is the Danish Association of Banks. FIDA has established a “Forum for Sustainable Finance” which on 2nd December 2019 launched 20 recommendations on how the financial sector can accelerate the sustainable transformation of society. This includes an increased focus on buildings and agriculture. One-stop-shops are mentioned as important means