Combining climate change adaptation with urban development to gain greater value from investments
Cities around the world increasingly face the adverse effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, climbing temperatures, longer periods of drought and stronger storms. When combining these phenomena with the challenges of increasing urbanisation and the fact that most cities have extensive areas of impermeable surfaces, the need for rethinking urban development is clear.
Well-planned climate change adaptation initiatives reduce social, environmental and economic costs caused by climate change. This includes reducing the risk of flooding and making sure that proper measures for coastal protection are in place. An integrated approach to climate change adaptation, urban development and urban water management is cost-efficient and allows for rainwater to be used as a resource to create more liveable and climate resilient cities.
We invite you to explore climate adaptation solutions in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how climate adaptation solutions can help solve your climate change issues.
How important is access to clean air in our cities? And how valuable is access to clean water and proper sanitation to city life? Both air and water are under pressure in our cities as a result of increasing urbanisation, and the human and economic consequences are immense. However, many solutions to tackle the challenges already exist – and maybe the time has never been better to speed up the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future?
The housing development Urbanplanen has a green secret: in between the large buildings, there are cherry plums, hazel and birch trees, and at the staffed playground, Bonderen (the Farm), goats graze. Remiseparken is a wonderful green pocket in Copenhagen, and the goal of BOGL’s renewal project was to transform the park into a safe and attractive destination for local residents and other Copenhageners.
The climate crisis is accelerating at an unprecedented rate but urban climate adaptation plans are failing to keep up with the pace. 75 per cent of all European cities have no climate adaptation plans as we speak. In Copenhagen, several climate change initiatives have been taken and more projects are underway.
Emfulini Local Municipality south of Johannesburg in South Africa receives a yearly water bill of EUR 8 million from the bulk water provider Rand Water but only manages to collect EUR 400,000 from consumers.
A brand new publication from State of Green – created in cooperation with International Water Association Denmark (IWA Denmark) – takes a closer look at how rethinking urban water management can transform cities of the future. The white paper is meant to serve as a tool for inspiration for creating innovative water solutions, which contribute to smarter and more liveable cities.
To accommodate the need for public housing in Singapore, an empty lot was transformed into what is now Kampung Admiralty. The uniqueness of Kampung Admiralty stems from its design, which focuses on both social and environmental sustainability. It encourages the elderly residents to engage in an active lifestyle among younger generations, but it is also part of a greater effort to increase environmental sustainability.
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.
20 Danish pilot municipalities are in the process of preparing local, ambitious plans that show the way to carbon neutrality by 2050. With a new partnership, all Danish municipalities are now invited to join in, as collective municipal commitment is vital to reach the national climate efforts.
The International Water Association’s (IWA) blog offers key insights on water-related issues as they connect with larger global themes, e.g. sustainability, urbanisation, health and human rights. As we count down to the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen next year, we bring you a short overview of the six latest blog entries from some of Denmark’s most prominent water professionals.
Last week, the Danish government launched its long-term strategy for a global climate effort, “A green and sustainable world.” The strategy sets the direction for Denmark’s overall international climate efforts as a green pioneer country across foreign, development, trade and climate policies.
On 22 September, 2020, NYSERDA, State of Green and Danish Cleantech Hub hosted the virtual “Build Back Greener” event as part of Climate Week NYC to explore American-Danish synergies in the green recovery. The message was clear, a climate crisis and a potential economic downturn require nations, states and cities to rethink their approaches to major global challenges and partner up with the private sector.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
The Nordic ministers for trade and industry have approved a raft of measures to help the economy recover in a greener direction in the wake of COVID-19. The initiatives support sustainable solutions, the circular economy, digitalisation, and innovation.
This summer The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities launched a new Danish podcast on climate change. The podcast is hosted by the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen, who discusses the ideas that can address a climate catastrophe with the world’s leading climate experts.
When sustainable farming generates higher profit DLF is part of the global vision for a sustainable future as summarized in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is a focal point in our green agenda to provide farmers worldwide with sustainable agricultural solutions. Traditionally beef production has been grass-fed, but with an innovative refining process meat production […]
If everyone were to live the way we do in Denmark, three complete Planet Earths would be required. It already takes nature a little over 18 months to restore the resources consumed by the world population in just one year. That’s why we need to rethink the way we consume. And there’s no time to […]
Streets constitute a significant share of the total surface area of Danish cities. In terms of elevation they literally form the bottom line. Schulze+Grassov are under contract with Denmark’s Realdania Foundation under the Danish Klimaspring initiative to develop new innovative climate adaptation systems. Working creatively with streets in urban environments we seek to turn a […]
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
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).
In July 2011 Copenhagen experienced the worst rainfall ever with more than 80,000 homes flooded resulting in damages at a cost of around 1 billion €. A new tool has been developed in order to minimize damages from such events in the future. Quick solution to combat effects of climate changes With the climate changes, some […]
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 […]
Three Danish cities at the forefront of implementing sustainable urbanisation “Green Urban Denmark” is a publication jointly prepared by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg and the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. It highlights how Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg have developed and implemented green urbanization and […]
An overflow construction, placed at Kærbyholmrende, Middelfart, functions as a test and demo site for cleaning combined sewer overflow (CSO) with a HydroSeparator. The project is a cooperation between Middelfart Wastewater and Bonnerup Consults, and is supported by the Ministry of Environment. The HydroSeparator is developed by Bonnerup Consult primarily for treatment of rainwater, but […]
In Denmark, the most urgent challenges caused by climate change are extreme rain events and rising sea levels.
In 2011, an unusually heavy cloudburst hit the capital area of Denmark, damaging both critical infrastructure and people’s homes. The total insurance payments related to the cloudburst amounted to EUR 1 billion, and the extreme flooding created high political attention and let to a change in the legislation. Today, all Danish municipalities must have a climate adaptation plan in order to be prepared for adverse effects of climate change. This responsibility is divided between the municipalities, water utilities and private property owners; the municipalities are responsible for financing the urban space improvements; utilities for expanding the sewerage system; and private property owners for taking proactive measures on their own property.
Over the next 15-20 years, Denmark will spend more than EUR 5 billion on adapting its cities to climate changes. The aim is to combine climate change adaptation with urban development and gain greater value from investments. Instead of expanding the underground sewage system, municipalities and water utilities are collaborating on making dual-purpose solutions. Surplus water can be led to structures above the surface such as green beds, canals or lakes around the city. In addition to increasing the stormwater drainage capacity, these solutions create recreational areas, which help to cool the city, increase biodiversity and result in more urban areas with improved liveability.
The close collaboration between multiple stakeholders has brought Denmark to the forefront of research, technology development, know-how and best-practice in adapting to climate changes. Danish experience shows that an integrated approach to climate adaption is cost-efficient and creates added value for cities.
For further information on climate change adaptation, please contact Malene Bering Beitzel, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org