Denmark faces long journey to reach low emissions car goal

The number of electric and hybrid cars on Danish roads has increased significantly in recent years but the country is a long way from the target of one million green cars by 2030.

Denmark faces long journey to reach low emissions car goal
Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

At the beginning of this year, 61,581 electric and hybrid cars were registered in Denmark, an increase of 142 percent over the last year, news wire Ritzau reports.

But the increase only represents 2.3 percent of the total number of private vehicles in Denmark, which totals 2.72 million.

The target of one million cars by 2030 was agreed in December last year by the government and left wing allies the Red Green Alliance, Social Liberal and Socialist People’s parties.

Although the overall ambition in relation to green cars is to increase their numbers on Danish roads to one million, the December deal secured a budget for 775,000 cars. That will be promoted by adjusting fees and taxes, for example by reducing the cost of owning a car with lower CO2 emissions.

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Denmark’s car industry expects the number of low emissions cars to increase further in 2021.

“There’s no reason to think that the positive trend in relation to the green conversion in car parks won’t also continue this year,” Thomas Møller Sørensen, industry director for the Confederation of Danish Industry’s car sector, told Ritzau in a written comment.    

“We are hearing from car dealers that new green car taxes, open showrooms and holiday money payouts all together are giving a belief that we can also expect a doubling of the number of green cars on the roads in Denmark,” he added.

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How German rail strike will affect journeys in Denmark

Residents of Denmark planning a trip to Hamburg and onwards in Germany from Sunday May 14th should be aware of potential disruptions due to strikes.

How German rail strike will affect journeys in Denmark

A 50-hour strike will bring most of Germany’s train network to a standstill from 10pm Sunday May 14th until midnight on Tuesday.

In Denmark, the dispute means that, from 10pm on Sunday, Danish operator DSB’s services from Aarhus and Copenhagen towards Hamburg will terminate at Padborg on the Danish side of the border between the two countries. Trains from Padborg to Aarhus and Copenhagen will also operate.

While the strike is ongoing, two-hourly rail replacement services will transport passengers between Padborg and German city Flensburg.

READ ALSO: How you can still get around in Germany during the train strike

Tickets from Denmark to Hamburg for May 14th, 15th or 16th can be used on any departure before the strike begins, provided they were purchase up to and including May 11th, DSB states.

“We expect there to be a lot of people on the trains both in Denmark and Germany in the days before and after the strike. Remember therefore to purchase a seat reservation for your journey,” DSB said.

Changes to scheduled departures can be found on German rail operator DB’s website.

Germany’s Railway and Transport Workers’ Union (EVG) wants to bring all rail traffic in Germany largely to a standstill starting Sunday evening and has therefore announced there will be no long-distance, regional and freight traffic during the 50-hour strike.

The walkout is the latest in a series of strikes on Germany’s rail system in an escalating dispute between the union and management.