Arhus is Denmark’s 2nd largest city and the financial centre of the Central Denmark Region. The city has a catchment area of 1.2 million people within a one-hour travel range and is well connected to Copenhagen and Hamburg.
In close collaboration with the business community and the city’s many knowledge institutions, the City of Aarhus will reduce its CO2 emissions and create intelligent solutions and green growth. Innovative demonstration projects ensure export sales of home-grown climate solutions abroad, attract international investment and fulfil the target of being CO2-neutral by 2030.
One of the biggest biomass-fuelled Combined Heat and Power (CHP) stations in the world is in Aarhus. The Studstrup plant began to burn wood pellets instead of coal on 10 October, bringing green heating and electricity to city residents and businesses whilst reducing CO2 emissions by 1 tonne per resident.
Supported by the City Council, Aarhus-based DHI has signed a contract with the authorities in Harbin to supply an advanced metering station able to monitor drinking water quality around the clock for the 6 million residents.
Energy-renovation, low temperature district heating, solar energy and integration of wind energy will all be used to demonstrate how existing homes can be active contributors to meeting 100% of our energy needs from sustainable sources. The project is being financed by the EU’s Smart City initiative and project partners.
The final phase of replacing old district heating meters with new intelligent meters that can be read remotely was started on November 12 in a basement in Valdemarsgade. When completed, Aarhus will have the largest number of remote meters in use in the world, able to check for leaks and monitor heating provision. The project will have major impact on the growth and development of the Aarhus area.
Aarhus Water has joined forces with DHI and DONG Energy to develop a new sensor able to produce substantial energy savings. The sensor is used to optimise the aeration process necessary to purify waste water from sewage plants
The last year has seen close contact between Nanjing and the City of Aarhus with a view to reaching a collaboration agreement. On 2 October, the efforts were rewarded when Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard and Governor Xing Zhengjun from the Qixia District in Nanjing signed a new collaboration agreement at Aarhus City Hall.
It is estimated that 9 billion people will inhabit the planet by 2050 – 70% of these will live in cities. The increasing urbanisation will be a challenge to cities all over the world and the demand for new innovative solutions within urban mobility is growing. This white paper provides insight into the solutions that Denmark has to offer within urban sustainable transportation.