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Climate partnerships are a major contributor to reducing Denmark’s emissions with 70 % by 2030

Despite its modest size, Denmark has set one of the world’s most ambitious climate goals: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 % by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and reach net zero emissions in 2050 at the latest. Achieving this goal will require both known solutions and new technologies that still need to be developed.

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A strong tradition for public-private partnerships

Like many nations, Denmark was once entirely dependent on imported oil and other fossil fuels. Today, more than 30 % of Denmark’s energy needs are met by renewable energy sources, and we are working towards an energy system that will be fossil-free by 2050. Public-private partnerships have proved to be a highly effective way to help achieve the country’s climate and environmental targets.

The Danish public-private partnership model is characterised by openness and high levels of trust and aims to harness the strengths of both public and private stakeholders. While the public sector provides ambitious long-term goals and stable framework conditions, the private sector supplies the innovation, solutions and investments needed to achieve the visions. That is why this model for collaboration is being applied to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

How do we get to 70 % in 2030?

To fulfil this tremendous task by 2030, Denmark will need to further strengthen public-private partnerships, innovate, and scale up new technologies. Active involvement of the private sector is necessary in order to develop cost-effective ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, develop green fuels for heavy transportation and reuse rather than through away.

How do we champion global change?

Denmark’s contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its own backyard may be a drop in the ocean. To ensure significant impact, we need all nations to commit to the green transition – both big and small carbon emitters. Denmark wants to lead by example, collaborate across borders and share experiences on our journey towards 2030 to reach our shared goals, and most importantly help accelerate the green transition globally. We believe that our joint challenges require joint solutions.

With more than 600 partners State of Green is striving to help Denmark reach its ambitious goal, by facilitating dialogue and spurring international partnerships. By doing so, we hope to inspire, share, and connect with like-minded partners as we move forward towards net zero.


Explore each of the 14 partnerships in-depth on the official climate partnerships website. Discover the actors behind them, their visions, and most importantly, their recommendations for government action.

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