Denmark hopes for environmental cooperation with China under 14th Five-Year Plan

China’s carbon neutrality target is a big step and a big change, the Danish ambassador to China said on Tuesday, adding that he is looking forward to multi-field cooperation with China under the 14th Five-Year Plan on environmental protection.

The ambassador said in a speech on Thursday that he believes Denmark and China have shared and vested interests in working together to build a green and carbon neutral future for all humankind.

China is committed to achieving a carbon emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. The 14th Five-Year Plan is considered a critical period for reining in carbon emissions.

“The 14th Five-Year Plan includes China’s plans for environmental protection and ecology, which is a very green plan and we are quite interested. There are lots of areas for cooperation between Denmark and China,” Thomas Østrup Møller, the Danish ambassador to China, told the Global Times.

“There’s the issue of actually changing our energy system from a fossil fuel-based energy system into one that is based on renewable energy. We find it impressive, and it’s quite reassuring that China has decided to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. This is a big step and we are eagerly awaiting all the plans and implementation details,” he said.

The Embassy of Denmark in China held a forum on Sino-Danish collaboration on a circular economy on Thursday, focusing on the environmental cooperation between China and Denmark under China’s 14th Five-Year Plan.

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