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The city of Aarhus presents new climate strategy

Reaffirming Aarhus goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2030, a broad majority in the Aarhus City Council backs a new agreement on climate strategy for Aarhus. The agreement involves new forests, renewable energy, greener transport, and stricter regulations for construction, food, waste, and municipal operations.

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A broad majority in the Aarhus City Council stands behind a new agreement on the climate strategy for Aarhus 2025-2030. New forests and converted nature, more sustainable energy, greener transportation, and stricter requirements for construction, food, waste, and the municipality itself are among the elements of the agreement, which maintains Aarhus’ path towards climate neutrality by 2030.

With the new political agreement “Climate-Neutral Aarhus 2030”, coalition parties aim to ensure Aarhus’s commitment to a sustainable future through efficient green transition measures.

Aarhus residents will, therefore, encounter faster development in solar and wind energy, new forests for nature and industry, reduced CO2 emissions from low-lying areas, improved waste recycling, and sustainable urban development prioritising social balance, cohesion, and family space. A key focus is the new carbon capture facility at Lisbjerg Power Plant, which will play a significant role in reducing CO2 emissions.

In addition to this, the agreement asserts the need for a shift from fossil fuels to greener transportation options such as EVs, public transit, cycling, and walking. Furthermore, a green mobility plan will be developed and negotiated by the city council in spring 2024.

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The political agreement will be implemented through a climate plan developed by the Administration for Technology and Environment in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office. Negotiations on the climate plan will be based on an overall financial framework of EUR 40.2 m and is expected to be presented to the city council in August 2024.

Reducing emissions across sectors

Projections indicate that the current pace of progress is too slow to meet the 2030 target of climate neutrality. Even with the initiatives already in place, Aarhus Municipality will need to reduce approximately 846,000 tons of CO2 emissions by 2030 to achieve climate neutrality.

Consequently, the new agreement incorporates climate initiatives designed to chart the path towards neutrality. Across eight key domains, the agreement establishes the parameters for each sector’s contribution.

These parameters include the following targets:

  • Energy, including CO2 capture must reduce GHG-emissions by 405,000 tons within scope 1 and 2
  • The transport sector must reduce 319,000 tonnes GHG-emissions within scope 1 and 2
  • Forestry, agriculture, and land use sector must reduce 79,000 tonnes within scope 1 and 2
  • The Landfill and wastewater sector must reduce GHG-emissions by 46,000 tonnes within scope 1 and 2 as well as scope 3.
  • The Construction, energy, circular resources, and partnerships sectors must reduce 40,000 tonnes GHG-emissions within scope 3
  • The Food sector must reduce 24,000 tonnes GHG-emissions in scope 3
  • The Climate Conglomerate must reduce 138,000 tonnes GHG-emissinos in scope 3

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