Denmark to be world leader in circular economy by 2030 - 90% of all waste to be recycled by 2030

In November 2019 the Danish Government set up 13 Climate Partnerships in cooperation with leading players from the Danish business community. The objective with the Climate Partnerships is to help Denmark reach the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions with 70% by 2030 (compared to 1990). To fulfill this goal, leading players from a wide range of sectors across Denmark have taken responsibility and an active role in the partnerships.

The Climate Partnership for waste, water and circular economy chaired by Camilla Haustrup Hermansen from Plus Pack, was first in line to  present their recommendations at a press conference on Wednesday March 11th.

The recommendations are based on 3 ambitious visions:

  1. 1. Denmark will be the world’s leading circular economy by 2030, showing the way to climate neutrality in 2050
  2. 2. 90% of all waste will be recycled by 2030
  3. 3. The water sector must be energy and climate neutral by 2030

Lea Wermelin, Minister for Environment and Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities were present at the press conference and acknowledged the recommendations. Both ministers were impressed by the recommendations and Lea Wermelin said ”I’m glad that you dare be visionary. We look forward to start working with the recommendations and at this point I can say that we fully agree that plastic waste does not belong in incinerator facilities in the future”.

Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, continued: ”It is obvious to most that the waste sector cannot continue as it is today. We will include the Climate Partnership’s recommendations in the coming climate negotiations, and we will look at the regulation of the waste sector”.

In the coming month the other 12 Climate Partnerships will present their recommendations on how Denmark is to be world leader in circular economy by 2030.

Read more about the recommendations from the partnership waste, water and circular economy here (Danish only).

Facts about the Climate Partnership for waste, water and circular economy

  • Chairman: Camilla Haustrup Hermansen, Director and co-owner at Plus Pack
  • Vice Chairmen: Lars Schrøder, Aarhus Vand A/S and Henrik Grand Petersen, RGS Nordic A/S
  • Goal: To develop solutions to reduce the climate footprint in the waste and water sectors in Denmark by 70% by 2030 as well as help Denmark transition to a circular economy

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