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Towards Green Growth in Denmark: Improving Energy and Climate Change Policies

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  • Stéphanie Jamet
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    Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the whole, current policies should allow Denmark to reach near-term climate change targets, but may not be sufficient to achieve its most ambitious targets. The challenge is to achieve objectives in a cost-effective manner and to ensure that these ambitions contribute as much as possible to global GHG emissions mitigation and to stronger and greener growth in Denmark. Better exploiting interactions with EU and international policies, finding the appropriate way to support green technologies and reducing GHG emissions in sectors not covered by the EU emission trading scheme are key issues which need to be addressed to meet this challenge. This Working Paper relates to the 2012 OECD Economic Survey of Denmark (www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/denmark). Vers une croissance verte au Danemark : améliorer les politiques énergétiques et climatiques La stratégie de croissance verte du Danemark vise pour l’essentiel à supprimer les combustibles fossiles du système énergétique et à investir dans les technologies vertes, tout en limitant les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES). Dans l’ensemble, les mesures en cours devraient permettre au Danemark d’atteindre les objectifs d’atténuation du changement climatique à court terme mais peut-être pas de réaliser ses objectifs les plus ambitieux. Toute la difficulté sera de les atteindre de manière économiquement efficiente et de veiller à ce que ces ambitions contribuent au mieux à l’atténuation des émissions de GES dans le monde ainsi qu’à une croissance plus forte et plus verte au niveau national. Pour faire face à ce défi, le Danemark devra mieux exploiter les interactions avec les politiques mises en oeuvre dans le cadre de l’UE et à l’échelle internationale, trouver le meilleur moyen de soutenir les technologies vertes et réduire les émissions de GES dans les secteurs qui ne relèvent pas du système communautaire d’échange de quotas d’émissions. Ce Document de travail se rapporte à l’Étude économique de l’OCDE du Danemark, 2012 (www.oecd.org/eco/etudes/danemark).

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 974.

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    Date of creation: 28 Jun 2012
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    Keywords: Denmark; renewable energy; climate change; carbon tax; greenhouse gas emissions; climate change mitigation policy; green technologies; energy security; Danemark; politiques d’atténuation du changement climatique; taxe carbone; changement climatique; technologies respectueuses de l'environnement; énergie renouvelable; émissions de gaz à effet de serre;

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