Denmark on Track to Surpass EU Environmental Targets for Vehicles and Infrastructure

A report published by the RSM network outlines the challenges faced by European Union (EU) members. Compiled by RSM Netherlands, the report evaluates the status and maturity of EU countries in sustainable transport and mobility. It reveals that Denmark, along with other countries, is on track to exceed the EU’s environmental targets in the green transition. Seven EU member states risk missing fundamental targets.

Read the full report here

Main topics from the report

Denmark's Recovery and Resilience Plan
Denmark's approach to sustainable mobility is highlighted in its Recovery and Resilience Plan, which allocates €1.625 billion to environmental and digital initiatives. Notably, 69% of the funding supports climate goals and the green transition, with a significant €27 million dedicated to reducing emissions from domestic ferries, crucial for national connections.

Tax Benefits and Subsidies
Tax incentives for electric and low-emission vehicles are designed to encourage the adoption of cleaner transportation forms. Electric vehicles benefit from paying only 40% of the standard registration tax, along with an additional deduction of DKK 167,500 (€22,400) and a DKK 1,300 (€155) deduction in taxable value. Low-emission vehicles emitting less than 50g CO2/km are charged 50% of the full registration tax, with an extra deduction of DKK 48,750 (€6,500) and the same DKK 1,300 (€155) deduction in taxable value. Furthermore, zero-emission vehicles are subject to the minimum semi-annual tax rate of DKK 340 (€45), emphasizing the economic benefits of choosing greener vehicles.

Traffic and Mobility Plan for the Capital Region
The Traffic and Mobility Plan aims to enhance urban mobility. This plan focuses on improving transport infrastructure for residents and commuters, addressing urbanization challenges, and promoting efficiency and sustainability. Together, these measures illustrate Denmark’s commitment to leading in sustainable mobility.

Infrastructure for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In 2023, Denmark's charging infrastructure expanded to a total of 23,072 charging points, marking a significant increase from the 10,843 points available at the beginning of the year. This represents a remarkable growth rate of approximately 112.5% within the same year. Additionally, the development of ultra-fast high-power charging stations (≥150kW) experienced substantial growth, tripling from 243 in 2021 to 784 in 2022.

Denmark encourages the installation of charging stations by providing financial support to private homeowners, businesses, and municipalities. Furthermore, the government has allocated funds to expand the public charging infrastructure across the country.


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