Carbon dioxide emissions in Denmark 2000-2019

The levels of carbon dioxide emissions have been declining over the last two decades in Denmark. From a peak of 62 million metric tons of CO2 in 2003, emissions fell to just 33.5 million metric tons by 2019. Whilst a slight decrease from the previous year, this is significantly lower than the emissions from other countries in Europe, especially Germany where emissions reached 683.8 million metric tons in the same year.

Clean energy pioneer

Denmark is known as a leader in clean, renewable energy and is expected to reach the 50 percent renewable target by 2030. Wind power alone covered 47.2 percent of the country’s energy consumption in 2019. In the same year, there were 6,230 active wind power turbines in Denmark.

Decline in air pollution deaths

  With the overall decrease in CO2 emissions and the increase in renewables, it is not a coincidence that the number of deaths attributable to air pollution in Denmark has fallen noticeably since 1990. Although deaths dropped by an estimated 1,000 during this period, there was a slight increase in 2017 when compared to the previous year.

Carbon Dioxide emissions in Denmark from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020


Europe, Denmark

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the carbon emissions in this statistic reflect only those through consumption of oil, gas and coal, and are based on standard global average conversion factors. This does not allow for any carbon that is sequestered, for other sources of carbon emissions, or for emissions of other greenhouse gases.
This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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