Majority of Danes make climate-friendly choices

Financial savings motivate them to lower electricity, heating and water consumption

Eighty-six percent of Danes have a lifestyle that could be called climate-friendly, according to a survey conducted for DR this year.

According to the data, every seventh Dane has made an effort to cut down on electricity consumption, while 52 percent have turned down the heating. 

Christian Ibsen, the head of the green think-tank Concito, believes financial savings are behind people's changing habits.

"What directly affects people's consumption is their economy. It is positive, however, that so many want to be more climate-friendly," Ibsen commented in DR.

Vegetarianism still not popular
On the other hand, only 13 percent of the respondents stated they had been eating less meat. 

And according to Ibsen, the production of meat and export of food greatly contributes to our CO2 footprint. 

"It is particularly red meat that is the offender," Ibsen explained.

"If you cannot cut back on meat, then consider eating more chicken and fish instead. They don't emit as much CO2 as cows do." 

Women take shorter showers
Meanwhile, 36 percent of female respondents said they had been taking shorter showers this year, while only 23 percent of their male counterparts have been doing so. 

The survey was conducted by Epinion. It interviewed 1,030 Danes between 28 November and 7 December.