Denmark and the Netherlands join forces on ambitious EU climate targets

Denmark and the Netherlands have joined forces to pursue an ambitious new European target to reduce CO2 emissions. To that end environment minister Wilma Mansveld will pay a working visit to Copenhagen on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March.

‘I want to work with countries like Denmark at both global and European level to forge a sustainable future. You can move faster on your own, but you go farther when you work together. That’s true for the negotiations on new EU climate targets for 2030, too,’ Ms Mansveld said. ‘This is what I want to emphasise in the Netherlands and Denmark, and – at a later stage – in Brussels.’

On Monday, Ms Manveld will meet with Danish ministers Martin Lidegaard (climate) and Ida Auken (environment) to discuss EU climate policy, the international climate negotiations and greening the economy. In the afternoon she will pay a working visit to the Copenhagen local authority to find out more about the city’s Climate Plan, which is made up of 50 sustainable initiatives. Copenhagen aims to be carbon neutral by 2025. Carbon dioxide emissions have already fallen by 20% since 2005. Ms Mansveld will take a closer look at two of the initiatives responsible for this achievement; a Windmill Park set up by a citizens group of Copenhagen  and a housing corporation which is in the process of making 90 homes CO2 neutral. The minister will discuss sustainability at a dinner on Monday evening with representatives from various Danish organisations and companies.

On Tuesday, Ms Mansveld will visit BaneDanmark, the Danish railway network operator, and meet with transport minister Henrik Dan Kristensen to discuss various railway issues, such as the introduction of the ERTMS rail safety system in Denmark.