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Climate partnerships: a new take on public-private climate action

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030. This is the ambitious climate goal set by the Danish government. But how do we get there?
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16 November 2021

The private sector plays an important role in the effort to achieve the Danish government’s climate goal. Partly via efforts to reduce emissions in value chains. And partly by developing new products, services, technologies, and business models which support the green transition – both at home and abroad. Building on the Danish tradition for public-private partnerships and recognising the private sector as a central actor, the Danish government has formed 14 climate partnerships. Each representing the different sectors in the Danish economy.

The 14 partnerships had been tasked with presenting a proposal on how their individual sector could contribute to CO2e reductions in a just way, supporting Danish competitiveness, exports, jobs, welfare and prosperity. This resulted in more than 400 recommendations.

In a new publication by State of Green, you can find the highlights of each partnership and learn how the model may offer inspiration in a global setting.

 A new model for public-private climate action

Building on the Danish tradition for public-private partnerships and recognising the private sector as a central actor, the Danish government has formed 14 climate partnerships. Each representing the different sectors in the Danish economy. The 14 partnerships were tasked with presenting a proposal on how their individual sector could contribute to CO2e reductions in a just way, supporting Danish competitiveness, exports, jobs, welfare and prosperity.

The proposal had to include measures that the sector itself could take to reduce emissions as well as recommendations to remove barriers and improve framework conditions in order to support reductions and green competitiveness. This resulted in more than 400 recommendations.

Each partnership is chaired by a representative from a private sector company appointed by the Danish government with 1-2 business organisations serving as secretariats. The number of stakeholders involved varies from partnership to partnership due to different structures. Typically, the drafting of the recommendations has been an open process involving several companies and organisations from the entire sector.

Based on the climate partnerships recommendations and roadmaps, the Danish government will assess if and how the inputs can be addressed politically. Many of the recommendations have already been reflected in political initiatives, for instance on energy islands, Power-to-X, carbon capture technologies, electrification efforts and new financial models.

Download the publication here.

The new publication offers an international view on Denmark approach to public-private partnerships and the establishment of its 14 climate partnerships. Visit climatepartnerships2030.com to learn more.

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