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Denmark ratifies the Paris Agreement on Climate Change


On November 1, Denmark officially ratified the Paris Agreement at the United Nations in New York. Being the 92nd country to deposit its instrument of ratification, Denmark joins the large group of countries ratifying before the opening of COP22 in Marrakech next week, while witnessing the agreement enter into force faster than any other multilateral agreement in history. Thereby, Denmark commits to make an ambitious, global response to climate change by shifting away from fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to well-below two degrees Celcius. With a national target to reduce greenhouse gases by 20 percent in 2020, as well as the target to become 100% independent of fossil fuels by 2050, Denmark is ready to take serious action in implementing this historic decision.

The decoupling between growth and emissions is a central global task, if climate change is to be combated. Denmark is one of the few countries who have managed to cut carbon emissions from energy combustion below 1990 levels, and the Danish Government is determined to continue the downward trend in CO2 emissions.

The World Energy Forum has just placed Denmark at the top of the list of countries’ progression on three dimensions of the energy “trilemma”: energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. A frontrunner position that Denmark greets with a great sense of responsibility to continue climate efforts, guided by a global climate agreement where everyone is contributing for the first time.