The Danish foreign service must be the champion of climate action

Minister of foreign affairs and the minister presents Tuesday eeas sustainability strategy. CO2 emissions must be reduced. And sustainability must be incorpor

The Danish foreign service must be the champion of climate action

Minister of foreign affairs and the minister presents Tuesday eeas sustainability strategy.

CO2 emissions must be reduced. And sustainability must be incorporated in the daily work.

On the way to the Danish foreign service within five years become one of the world's five most sustainable of its kind.

It is the overall aim for the eeas is the new sustainability strategy. The present minister for foreign affairs Jeppe Kofod (S) and the minister for development cooperation Rasmus Prehn (S) on Tuesday.

- We need to see all the way around. How we heat up the ministry, how we use power and energy.

- It is also about our hverdagshandlinger. You can cycle, you can take the stairs, you can drink tap water rather than soft drinks. It will be a very broad-spectrum action, it sounds from the minister.

foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod emphasizes that it is in the building already have switched all lights to LED and replaced the ventilation and heating systems.

All the disposable tableware in the building's canteen is also biodegradable, it sounds.

the Strategy for sustainability is part of the ministry of foreign green package. It was published earlier in the month. It happened at the same time with the appointment of Tomas Anker Christensen as klimaambassadør.

today, He is ambassador in Cairo, Egypt's capital. He has previously been topdiplomat in the UN with focus on just the climate.

Danish climate solutions need to be spread out across the world. And it is, therefore, that sustainability and climate change in the future should be more guiding for large parts of both the foreign affairs, trade and development policy.

- we Must save the climate and the environment, it is not enough to do something here in Denmark. We will not make Europe a klimaunion, but even if we were neutral in Europe, it is not enough.

- When we are out in the world with Danish solutions, klimaambassadører and klimafrontposter, so we can move faster, and we must, says Jeppe Kofod.

in Addition to a strategy for sustainability and the appointment of a klimaambassadør the state department has created a new green office for diplomacy and exports and appointed a 15 embassies as the new so-called klimafrontposter.

The 15 embassies located in countries that are major emitters of CO2. It is countries such as China and India, emerging countries such as Indonesia and south Africa, and by large organizations such as the united nations (New York), EU (Brussels) and the world bank (Washington).

The 15 embassies must ensure that the climate will be taken into consideration in both Danish assistance and eksporthjælp.

this is The first time that the Ministry of foreign affairs with a strategy for sustainability. The extension of the government's ambition of a reduction of 70 percent of the emissions of greenhouse gases in 2030.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 26 November 2019, 14:01

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