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Denmark Strikes Historic Climate Deal to Slash Emissions

Denmark Strikes Historic Climate Deal to Slash Emissions

Danish lawmakers have struck a climate agreement to ensure their country can live up to a goal of cutting carbon emissions by 70% from 1990 levels over the coming decade.

The deal, which was entered last night after winning broad backing across party lines, means Denmark will commit to cutting carbon emissions by 3.4 million tonnes. Lawmakers also agreed to build the world’s first energy islands, while investments will be made in carbon capture and greener fuels, the Climate Ministry said in a statement on its website.

“This agreement shows the rest of the world that climate action and economic reconstruction go hand in hand,” the ministry said.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said it’s still not clear that the new deal will guarantee that Denmark can reach its goal of cutting emissions by 70%. That’s why “we must invest, innovate and research, so we can develop the technologies and solutions that will significantly reduce emissions,” she said in speech on Monday.
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