Copenhagen has the ambition of becoming the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. The goal is supported by the CPH 2025 Climate Plan, which the City Council adopted in 2009. A midterm goal was to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2015, which is a goal Copenhagen met already in 2011. Since 1995, Copenhagen has reduced carbon emissions by 50 percent. The CPH 2025 Climate Plan is a holistic plan with a collection of specific goals and initiatives within four focus areas:
Examples of sustainable city solutions in Copenhagen;
These are only a few of the benefits achieved through sustainable city solutions. In Copenhagen urban green solutions are already being implemented on a large scale and used by citizens. The city solutions have had significant effects on CO2 emissions and at the same time, they have increased the liveability in the city. Besides our goal to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world, we must also cope with the climate changes and the challenges they present in the city. Copenhagen will also be affected by the global changes in the climate. It is therefore important for the city to be prepared for the climate of the future.
Israel’s Square – the shifting identities The location of Israel Square is rich in opportunities and stretches between two worlds: the bustling covered market where thousands of people pass every day and the lush H.C. Ørsteds Park, where the people of Copenhagen enjoy the green space in the middle of the city. Israel’s Square is […]
Compass4D: Cooperative Mobility Pilot on Safety and Sustainability Services for Deployment Compass4D target users and drivers of buses, emergency vehicles, trucks, taxies, electric vehicles and private cars. To make their driving safer, less stressful and more energy efficient, they require information on traffic signal phases and other traffic events. The site chosen for the pilot […]
Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor Frank Jensen departs for Beijing for an official visit on Wednesday. Here, he will sign an agreement with Beijing’s Mayor Wang Anshun that will see the two cities working together on water technology. The meeting between the two mayors will help pave the way for Danish companies seeking to do business in the Chinese capital.
Keen to promote growth, quality of life and sustainability, Copenhagen boosts innovative business and action across sectors through a game changing data-approach. Combining technologies in new ways, it leverages efforts to create a more resource-efficient city with citizens and businesses in key roles. Turning challenges into opportunities How to ensure city services, life quality and […]
South Africa is Africa’s economic powerhouse, and as its economy grows so too does its need for sustainable technology. Copenhagen can help with that, and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank, has been in South Africa to discuss Copenhagen’s green profile with Cape Town’s mayor and local firms during the fifth C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit in South Africa.
The increased demand for air conditioning and cooling has led to higher electricity consumption in many cities. In our effort to provide low carbon cooling, we have built the first two district cooling networks. They are based on free cooling from seawater abstraction, along with running surplus heat from the district heating network through absorption […]
Global climate changes will set their marks on Copenhagen over the next 100 years: Dry summers with intensive rainfall, wetter winters, higher temperatures and rising water levels. To safeguard Copenhagen and prepare the city for the changing climate, the city of Copenhagen has produced a climate adaptation plan. With long-term investments and timely planning, we will have the required edge to […]
Copenhagen assumes its share of the responsibility for climate change with the CPH 2025 Climate Plan. We want to show that it is possible to combine growth, development and increased quality of life with the reduction of CO2 emissions. It is all about finding solutions that are smarter, greener, healthier and more profitable. And by 2025 we will be able […]
Copenhagen is well known for its green aspirations and bikes. What is not as well known about the green city are the social and economic benefits of the city ’s approach to urban planning. How does a city improve quality of life, expand, and at the same time reduce car usage and CO2 emissions? Intelligent urban planning is part […]
Studies show that municipal governments worldwide consider climate change solutions to be an economic opportunity. This week representatives from Bogotá, New York, Jakarta, London and 11 other cities are meeting in Copenhagen to work together on how to integrate green solutions, economic growth and job creation.
Creating buildings for life Being conscious about energy consumption when we build and renovate is a good investment – for our well-being, for the climate, and for the economy. No less important than the energy saved is the improved quality of life that results from sustainable buildings. The city of Copenhagen is implementing new sustainable solutions […]
Keeping the city warm efficiently District heating is one of the most carbon efficient and flexible ways to produce and supply energy locally, because it cuts out much of the waste products associated with centralised production of power. With the integration of renewable energy like biomass, wind energy and geothermal energy as replacements for fossil […]
Wind is an inexhaustible resource with a potential for reducing the CO2 emission remarkably and Denmark is far ahead in the development of wind technology. At the same time wind turbines are very visible marks in the landscape helping to communicate the climate challenges to businesses, citizens and visitors in the city. The Municipality of […]
By putting in place an integrated programme over many years, Copenhagen now sends less than 2 per cent of waste to landfill. Approximately 45 per cent of the waste is recycled and maximum use is made of the residual waste to generate heat for the city’s district heating network. The City of Copenhagen’s new resource […]
If Copenhagen is to meet its target of becoming the first carbon neutral capital by 2025, we need to develop an integrated and smart electricity and energy system in the city. We are looking for partners who can assist us in integrating a wide range of renewable energy sources into one system, which is less dependent on the immediate […]
Container carriers, ferries and cruise ships combust fossil fuels, resulting in carbon emissions, air pollution and noise in often attractive neighbourhoods. By providing ships with onshore power and developing sustainable terminals, the negative effects of the ships are limited and at the same time, such a project will brand the city and its partners in an international context.
New buildings in Copenhagen should be sustainable and carbon-neutral in the future. To this end, Copenhagen is looking for partners who can help us demonstrate that sustainable and carbon neutral buildings are possible without exceeding today’s standards in terms of total combined construction costs and operating economy. New way of approaching buildings Looking at construction […]
Heat Plan Denmark 2010 is an update of Heat Plan Denmark 2008 and confirmes how the sector has reduced the CO2 emission in Denmark since 1980 and how this development can continue in a cost effective way to an almost CO2 neutral heating sector in 2030. The study is based on an overall least cost evaluation of the […]
1 million consumers benefit from smart energy solution in Greater Copenhagen. 95% of all heat is generated by CHP plants fuelled by waste and biomass. Only 5% from boilers. The system is now in a transition towards smart integration of wind energy via large heat pumps and electric boilers, and CHP plants with storages, which can respond on electricity prices .
CTR is jointly owned by the Municipalities of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Gentofte, Gladsaxe and Tårnby and is responsible for the optimal heat production and transmission of heat to the associated distribution networks in the 5 municipalities. In association with VEKS, Copenhagen Energy and Vestforbrænding CTR operate the Heat Integrated Heat Transmission System in Greater Copenhagen. The […]
The City of Copenhagen has published its Bicycle Account 2010, which shows the advances in cycle traffic in the Danish capital – and where there is room for improvement. Since 1996, every other year the City of Copenhagen has issued a bicycle account that, in dry figures, analyses the development of the city’s cycle traffic. […]
The City Councils of the municipalities, who own the waste-to-energy plant Amagereforbrænding in Copenhagen has decided to establish a new waste-to-energy facility “Amager Bakke” (“Amager hill”) in Copenhagen. Amager Bakke will be a world-class flagship facility from an environmental, energy efficiency and architectural point of view. Amager Bakke will replace Amagerforbrænding’s existing facility, which for more than 40 […]
Nørreport Station is Denmark’s busiest transport hub and following the transformation, it has become an urban space with a focus on the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. The redesign and redevelopment of Nørreport Station is the outcome of the collaborative efforts of Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) and COBE. Urban life, passenger flow, transparency and accessibility […]
Mission: The CITS project has been developed as an innovative smart city project thorugh a collaboration between different companies (see below). The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow, reduce emissions and increase safety for the citizens. The goal of the system is to allow the responsible city officials to monitor both traffic conditions – […]
As the climate changes and the number and frequency of rainfall events increases, so does the need for intelligent rainwater management solutions. This White Paper presents insight into lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within rainwater management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).
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.
In Copenhagen, a special effort has been made towards making the cyclists feel welcome in the city by offering them “a little extra”. Small innovative solutions that make the bicycle ride more enjoyable and prove that your city cares have been implemented city-wide, such as footrests at intersections that makes waiting at red-light easy, tilted […]
When looking at the global climate challenges, the energy system is one of the biggest obstacles towards a carbon-free and net-zero future. The European Union has set ambitious objectives for an energy system, which integrates renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as enabling a well-functioning energy market. These elements in combination can support a […]
Good water management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Without proper sanitation, sewerage and clean water supply, there is no liveable city. This white paper features lessons learned from different Danish stakeholders within urban water management. It is meant to serve as a tool for inspiration for creating innovative water solutions, which contribute to smarter and more liveable cities.