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Denmark wants to make all domestic flights fossil fuel-free by 2030

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the goal in a New Year speech

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Denmark is known for its green credentials. It’s famously a haven for cyclists and a huge destination for eco-minded foodies, and now it even has a waste-to-energy plant complete with its own ski slope.

Most impressively of all, though, the country aims to reduce its carbon emissions by a whopping 70 percent by 2030 (compared with 1990 levels). Now, as part of that broader aim, it wants to make all domestic flights fossil fuel-free by 2030.

In a New Year speech, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said such changes were necessary because ‘to travel is to live and therefore we fly’. Researchers are already working on finding alternative fuels for those flights, with hydrogen the most likely contender.

Fortunately, the Scandinavian country isn’t the only nation trying to make flying a greener travel option. By 2030, Sweden wants all airlines to have switched to biofuels (to make this happen, they will soon be taxed on the emissions of their fossil fuel-powered flights). In France, meanwhile, flights that could be replaced by a train trip that takes under two and a half hours are likely to be banned.

That’s all great news, and hopefully a sign of even greater things to come. Could a big player like the USA or China be next?

Now read about 21 amazing things cities are doing to fight the climate crisis.

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