Danes hope to lead world in climate action

The Danish government is in the process of creating their own climate action plan. They then plan to export these ideas to the rest of the world.

By Lily Burris

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In the Nyhavn area of Copenhagen, it is clear to see different aspect of life in Denmark, all of which have to move toward green work as a part of Denmark’s climate action plan.

The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities is finalizing a climate action plan for Denmark, which will take a sectorial approach to tackling carbon emissions.

Anne Marx Lorenzen, an advisor at the KEFM, describes this process as having “an interesting dynamic” as multiple ministries across the government are being required to collaborate.

Once the plan is completed, Denmark intends to showcase their methodology to other nations, setting an example in the worldwide effort to curb carbon emissions.

One such example is the Danish approach to waste management and recycling: in Denmark, lots of waste is burned to be converted into energy, which is different to the focus on recycling many other countries have.

“It’s more of an inspiration”, says Lorenzen. “I think that’s a better way of putting it than export”.

This article is written for an audience in America but could likely be read internationally. It could be published by the Washington Post at washingtonpost.com.