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.
Architecture can reduce the climate footprint and protect buildings and urban areas against climate change. Climate change calls for stronger initiatives in the building and construction sector – both to promote broader use of sustainable solutions and to make our buildings and cities more resilient to climate change.
The Danish islands of Bornholm and Samsø have cometake the top spots in an EU-wide sustainability competition. Their success is based on engaging all sectors of society in delivering a sustainable future and putting the community at the centre of the development.
While climate change greatly affects water supply around the world, ensuring a more dependable and efficient water supply can limit CO2 emissions. This World Water Day revolves around the theme of climate change and water – a theme to be further discussed at the IWA World Water Congress 2020 in October in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Friday 6 of December 2019, 8 out of the 10 parties in the Danish Parliament agreed on a legally binding national Climate Act. With a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 (compared to the 1990 level), it raises the Danish ambitions and encourages other countries to follow suit.
The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest ‘State of the Environment’ report, which was released today, stresses that Europe faces urgent and unprecedented environmental challenges. However, the future is not entirely bleak: there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and accelerated EU action such as the European Green Deal.
The climate is changing: how do we manage extreme rainfall? Not only more rain is falling due to climate change, but rain showers are often more extreme. This means that a lot more water has to be collected and disposed of in a short time. In the countryside this is not usually a problem, but it is more so in the increasingly urbanised environment.
Scientists and top executives from the business community join forces in appointing the climate solutions and technologies that can have the greatest impact on the climate and at the same time are based on Denmark’s existing positions of strength. Solutions that can give Denmark a key role in the global climate action.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has designed Solrødgård Climate and Environmental Park, which is the result of an unusual symbiosis between supply plant, climate adaption and landscape park. The aim of the park is to let visitors explore energy cycles which are fundamental to daily life.
Yesterday, the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities met the international press at State of Green in Copenhagen to discuss the green transition, climate ambitions and Denmark’s international role in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Challenge: The City of Frederiksberg in Denmark is a very popular place to live. It is the city in Northern Europe with the highest population density, resulting in high temperatures and traffic. The area around Langeland Square has one of the highest temperatures in the area, and as it is located next to a large […]
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).
Sustainable solutions are no longer a choice for most societies: they’re a must. Especially in our cities. Inside this White Paper you can find case examples of how to rethink urban development and gain greater value from investments in the city’s blue infrastructure.
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 […]
Dual Porosity Filtration (DPF) treats contaminated surface water, for instance water from roads, so it can meet high environmental standards. DPF technology treats the water to a high quality without the use of chemicals and holds the potential to transform contaminated surface water into drinking water. How does it work? A dual porosity filter has […]
Sweco in Denmark provides consultancy within the field of landscape architecture and health design. The primary goal is to ensure higher quality in outdoor areas in cities, around hospitals, nursery homes, schools, etc. that support physical, social and mental health issues. An increasing tendency of densification of cities causes great challenges in the way we think […]
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