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UN boss: Denmark in pole position to cash in on green transition

Denmark has long prioritised change, contends UNDP head, Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner: Denmark must show the way for the rest (photo: Achim Steiner/Twitter)
September 25th, 2019 9:24 am| by Christian W

As the world increasingly embraces the need to make a transition away from fossil fuels and into a more sustainable future, Denmark is well positioned to capitalise.

According to Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Development Progamme (UNDP), Denmark is uniquely equipped to cash in on a more climate-friendly planet.

”You may have a difficult time celebrating it yourselves, but Denmark and Danish companies are in pole position with it comes to reaping the benefits of the green transition. Danish companies are part of the solution and have a competitive advantage,” Steiner said, according to the national confederacy of industry, Dansk Industri (DI).

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A beacon of change
Steiner was recently in Denmark to attend a DI convention, where the organisation presented its 2030 plan – which outlined the possibility of reducing CO2 emissions by 65 percent.

The UNDP boss hailed Denmark’s long-term dedication to making a change – underlined by decades of work and political will during a time where the rest of the world thought that prioritising sustainable change would put companies at a competitive disadvantage. But with success, follows responsibility.

“Denmark has an interest in showing the rest of the world how a green transition can occur in a competitive way,” said Steiner.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Danish pension firms would kick in an additional 350 billion kroner for the green transition.