With an overall high performance, Denmark ranks 6th and remains in the top 10 in CCPI 2021, as it has been in the previous year.
Similar to last year’s performance, Denmark earns high ratings in the GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy, and Climate Policy categories. This shows the country is upholding the significant improvements it showed in CCPI 2020. Regrettably, the country was incapable of improving on its performance in the Energy Use category, ranging in the bottom half of this ranking regarding current levels of per capita Energy Use and not showing sufficient ambition with its 2030 Energy Use target.
In this field, national climate policy experts point to ongoing negotiations on emissions reduction policies in the transport sector and negotiations concerning the building and agricultural sector, scheduled to start in late 2020. Regarding the medium rating experts give Denmark’s national climate policy performance, they call for the government to follow the Danish Council on Climate Change’s recommendation in the scope of those negotiations and in the country’s roadmap to achieve its 2030 emissions reduction target. Current targets suggest, in 2030, a reduction of 70% compared with 1990 levels, to be achieved by an emissions reduction of 5,000,000–6,000,000 tonnes CO2eq from 2021 to 2030. The climate council’s recommendation suggests twice the reduction – 12,000,000 tonnes CO2eq – in that same time frame. Additionally, with reference to the Climate Council and Economic Council, experts strongly urge a stop to the 8th licensing round for oil and gas licences in the Danish part of the North Sea. Seeing in contrast the high rating Denmark receives from national experts for its international climate policy performance, the country overall retains its high rating in the Climate Policy category.
National experts that contributed to the policy evaluation of this year’s CCPI chose to remain anonymous.