Country profiles

Denmark

Denmark

 

 

 

The sources used to compile the health and adaptation information for country profiles vary across countries. For EU Member States, information is based on their official adaptation reporting: 2021 adaptation reporting under the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (see EU Adaptation ReportingClimate-ADAPT Country Profiles) and 2019 adaptation reporting under the EU Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Mechanism Regulation. These two reporting mechanisms are together referred to here as “EU official reporting on adaptation”. Note: The relevant information has been copied from the EU official reporting on adaptation (submitted until July 21, 2021), without further elaborating the contents of the text. Some information, valid at the time of reporting, may no longer be valid today. Any necessary additions to the text are clearly highlighted. 

In addition, information collated in the Adaptation preparedness scoreboard country fiches (2018) and the WHO study on Public health and climate change adaptation policies in the European Union (2018) are presented. Note: Some information, valid at the time of publication, may no longer be valid today. Any necessary additions to the text are clearly highlighted.

Information sources for non-EU member countries of the EEA are more limited. 

 

Information from EU official reporting on adaptation. GovReg reporting (2021), MMR reporting (2019)

Health is one of the eleven sectors addressed in the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS, 2008 [editors]) and Action plan (NAP, 2012 [editors]). Two out of five Danish regions have carried out studies on climate impacts and risks, as the basis for regional strategic planning for adaptation, with health being one of the most covered sectors. The Capital Region of Denmark has established a cooperation organisation with the aim of supporting municipalities, water utilities and hospitals in their effort to move from plan to action within the field of adaptation.

In 2012, the centrally convened Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation conducted a sectoral and cross-sectoral analysis of climate risks/vulnerability called 'Mapping climate change – barriers and opportunities for action'. It analysed 14 sectors, including health and emergency preparedness for which it presented a basic analysis of important effects of climate change, relevant division of responsibilities between the authorities and private citizens, possibilities for adaptation, initiatives planned and in progress, and barriers and opportunities for future action.

The reassessment of the risk areas in 2018 led to the significant expansion of two risk areas and designation of four additional areas. This was done on the basis of an adjusted methodology for national risk assessment, whereby the risk index is calculated in 100 m grid for the whole country. Thereby, the assessment of significant negative consequences for human health, environment, cultural heritage and economic activity is better integrated into the risk assessment.

Information from Adaptation preparedness scoreboard. Country fiches (2018)

The 2012 report by the centrally convened Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation, called 'Mapping climate change – barriers and opportunities for action', included health in a sectoral and cross-sectoral analysis of climate risks/vulnerability.

Resources in the Observatory catalogue on Denmark