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Denmark aims for zero-emission flights in 2030

Announcement by Premier Frederiksen in the end of year speech

The government of Denmark announced that from 2030 all domestic flights will be operated only with zero-emission aircraft. This was stated by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on the occasion of his year-end speech. Currently there are still no technologies that allow to reach these goals by the date indicated, in fact the studies on hydrogen aircraft conducted by the European manufacturer Airbus set as a goal 2035. In any case, Copenhagen's commitment confirms the environmentalist vocation of the Nordic country, which currently has one of the most environmentally sustainable economies in the world. 

"The government shows a serious awareness of the impact of air traffic. It will be difficult, but it can be done. Talented researchers and companies are working to find solutions. Denmark must take the lead. If we succeed, it will be a green breakthrough not only for Denmark, but for the entire world. If there is anything we have learned in recent years when it comes to handling major crises, it is that we must never hesitate", the prime minister said in his New Year's speech. 

The Danish announcement follows that of neighboring Sweden, which pointed out its intention to embark on a similar undertaking in 2018: fossil fuel-free domestic flights from 2030 and international routes from 2045. Now Denmark aims to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Reducing pollution in aviation will be central to achieving the goal.

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