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.
A new Danish Energy Transition Initiative seeks to help countries across the globe on their path towards greener energy systems. Aiming for early implementation of renewables, energy efficiencient solutions and sustainable energy planning, the initiative takes off in Brazil, Colombia and Pakistan.
Ramboll, Skytem and Aarhus University are set to conduct airborne electromagnetic surveys in California’s high- and medium-priority groundwater basins. The Danish expertise seeks to help the drought-ridden state of California become more sustainable.
P4G brings together businesses, governments and civil society organisations in innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions for sustainable development and climate action. After the launch in Copenhagen in 2018, the P4G Summit arrives in Seoul this May. Find the Danish side events and activities here.
On 10 May, the President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Zuzana Čaputová visited House of Green to learn more about Danish experiences and strategies within energy efficiency, retrofitting and green buildings. The President visited as part of a two-day trip to Denmark in connection with Copenhagen Democracy Summit.
With two new partnerships, the U.S. and Denmark amp up their green collaboration. During President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate Change, the two penned a new collaboration on science and innovation efforts. On 3 May, the City of Houston and Denmark further announced new partnerships on climate resiliency and water management.
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. The majority of cities have no plans for climate resilience set in place to mitigate the effects of extreme weather-related events, even though we already have most of the solutions available.
Water hazards like floods, extreme rainfall, and droughts can have detrimental impacts on local communities and their economies. Recovering from these impacts might be very difficult, especially in cities where communities live closely together and systems are interconnected. Luckily, there are many solutions that can help cities build resilience.
Texas is currently home to 16 of the hottest cities in the US, and researchers predict that temperatures will continue to skyrocket, creating the detrimental “urban heat island” effect. This could have huge negative social and economic impacts for communities living in the cities. Fortunately, many solutions can help build resilience towards hazardous heat in the cities.
The Municipality of Aarhus has a vision of making the city an even more attractive place to live through its climate adaptation projects, and the local water utility, Aarhus Vand, works closely together with the municipality to fulfill this vision. Together, they make rainwater a visible element in the form of rainwater lakes, rainwater beds […]
For several years, MOL Nordic Tankers, Dania Ship Management and Danfoss IXA have been cooperating on testing new innovative technology for monitoring emissions from vessels on an ongoing basis. The result is a front-runner solution to ensure global enforcement of the IMO’s requirements for sulphur emissions. To test the solution, the sensor equipment from Danfoss […]
In Denmark, the biggest source of harmful particle pollution is wood stoves. Therefore, a large project funded by The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has been initiated to identify which initiatives and technologies are the most efficient for reducing emissions under real-life conditions. A residential neighbourhood in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, will be […]
The vision for the climate resilient school in Roskilde is to handle all stormwater on campus. To ensure this, 1,100 m2 of roof has been disconnected and runoff from the pavement infiltrates through permeable pavings. Runoff from the roof runs through trenches into a paddling pool shaped like the local bay which is also used […]
Good rainwater management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Population growth and urbanisation, floodings as well as more frequent and longer periods of droughts all encourage an optimised use of rainwater in cities. Traditionally speaking, climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climate […]
Covering an area of 450,000 m2, “The Climate City” project in Middelfart demonstrates how to integrate climate adaptation with urban development. Through a dialogue based co-creational process, the municipality and wastewater utility have worked closely together with landscape architects, engineers, local citizens and other stakeholders in developing the project. From the programming phase, through the […]
An existing neighbourhood in Copenhagen has since 2013 undergone a transformation to become more resilient to the effects of climate change such as strong and heavy rainfall. Once completed, the transformation will also result in green, beautiful urban spacesfor the local residents to enjoy. Principles Unlike most of Copenhagen, the neighbourhood of Skt. Kjelds quarter […]
Copenhagen has experienced a number of extreme rainfall events since 2010 and the frequency of these types of events are predicted to increase in the future. As extreme rainfall events present enormous challenges (which vary from area to area), they cannot be solved by a single initiative such as upgrading the sewerage system. For this […]
Combining engineering and biologic approach to coastal protection has been a challenge. …And natural coastal protections such as coral and boulder reefs, are one of the most endangered and stressed ecosystems on Earth. At Aalborg University we are developing a disrupting technology to produce artificial limestone. The innovative material is obtained after electrolysis of sea […]
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.
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.
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.
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, [email protected]