Denmark to put climate policy into law

Denmark is putting a climate change policy into law after a deal between its government and three of the country’s leading political parties was signed on Friday, according to the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Denmark is putting a climate change policy into law after a deal between its government and three of the country’s leading political parties was signed on Friday, according to the Danish climate minister.

Although the country is known for its green ambitions, this is the first time they will be established by law.

The parties also agreed to stand behind the Government’s target of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

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

Just a few days into taking on the post from Martin Lidegaard, Mr Petersen said on Friday: “The broad agreement on the 40% reduction of greenhouse gases, to ensure meeting the ambitious targets that the Government has set, will continue even after an election.”

A Climate Council of independent experts will be set up to advise Denmark on the easiest and cheapest way to get a low carbon society.