Can Greenland enter the Paris Agreement?

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An analysis of Greenland’s options for entering the Paris Agreement was recently submitted for public consultation by the Greenlandic government. The analysis was carried out at a cooperation between Ea Energy Analyses and the department for agriculture, self-sufficiency, energy, and environment in Greenland.

The analysis focuses on the obligations Greenland will have as a part of the Paris Agreement, and what it will take for the Greenlandic society to reduce its climate footprint.

An assessment made by Kammeradvokaten (the preferred law firm of the Danish Government) concludes that Greenland, in cooperation with the Danish government, will be able to set a target for reductions that is different from the Danish target.

Initiatives to expand on hydropower that has already been started will be able to reduce Greenland’s emissions, but the greatest challenges for Greenland will be to transform the fishing and shipping industries, aviation, and energy consumption in cities and settlements without access to hydropower.

The full analysis can be downloaded on this site. It is divided into a main report summarising the main conclusions, and an extended report which has an in-dept treatment of the themes.