Integrating an intelligent and holistic approach to city planning and transportation management to create more sustainable cities
Our cities are growing and so are the challenges to make them liveable. It is estimated that 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This increase in urbanisation demands an intelligent, holistic and integrated approach to city planning and transportation management in order to meet the societal challenges faced by cities all over the world.
Collaboration across sectors involving multiple stakeholders is part of the reason why Danish cities are some of the most liveable and green cities in the world.
Sustainable transportation also plays a key role in the green city transition. With a transportation sector that accounts for a quarter of the CO2 emissions in the EU, non-oil based transportation alternatives are an important part of the solution.
We invite you to explore the concepts of sustainable transportation and urban planning in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how sustainable transportation and urban planning can help solve your mobility issues.
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.
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 […]
The two ferries Aurora and Tycho Brahe, operated by ForSea, were once entirely depended on diesel. Today, they have been rebuilt to battery-power. The ferries carries millions of passengers and cars a year across the narrowest part of the Oresund strait from the Danish town of Helsingør to Helsingborg in Sweden. Four containers on the […]
Denmark consists of many islands, which are mostly served by old, noisy and polluting ferries. As part of a state funded project, Exilator installed their exhaust cleaning system on both main engines and generators of the M/F Isefjord, and the results were remarkable. Owners, captains, crew, passengers, the port, nearby restaurants and inhabitants were all […]
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners plans to build Europe’s so far largest Power-to-X-facility in Esbjerg, Denmark. A green investment of EUR 1 billion that will help convert power from offshore wind turbines to green ammonia for the agriculture industry, district energy for Esbjerg households and green fuel for the shipping industry.
Danish researchers have found that agriculture can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent using the new SkyClean technology. At the same time, we can introduce “climate neutral aviation fuel”. Now, a new report shows that SkyClean is likely to be cheaper for society – also cheaper than other technologies with a comparable potential.
Denmark has reached a landmark agreement on the construction of an energy hub in the North Sea. The energy hub will be an artificially constructed island 80 kilometres from the shore of the peninsula Jutland. It will be owned by a public-private partnership. The hub will strengthen the integration of Europe’s power grids and increase renewable electricity production necessary for a climate neutral Europe.
Denmark is establishing two new energy islands off the coast of Denmark. The energy islands will be completed by 2030, and will be able to supply 5 GW of power from offshore windfarms. This is enough to meet the average electricity consumption of 5 million households. New visualisations reveal what the larger of the two islands may look like.
An additional 72 cities and municipalities around the world are joining “Race to Zero”, a global campaign to mobilise cities, businesses, regions, and investors around a green and just recovery ahead of next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. A record-high 46 Danish municipalities have joined, so now a total of 66 Danish municipalities are in the race.
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.
Introducing the iEV Z, due to be produced in Denmark, is an innovation that will lead to a sustainable integrated transportation system that will change the way our cities function. The iEV Z is an intelligent electric vehicle that possesses a futuristic robotic body platform that is designed to change size based on your needs.
Nerve Switch® enables each individual battery cell to be controlled both directly and independently. This allows for optimizing several electrical energy systems by removing the need of expensive power electronic components, extending battery lifecycle and creates a foundation on which it is possible to design hybrid battery systems.
Worldwide, the climate is changing mainly due to too much CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. At the same time, 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air pollution exceeds WHO guideline limits resulting in 4.2 million premature deaths each year.
Challenge Sønderborg Municipality is a pioneering municipality with ambitious climate goals, and they have decided that the entire municipality should be CO2 neutral in 2029 – 20 years before the rest of Denmark. To achieve that goal, Sønderborg Municipality and ProjectZero needed an action-oriented, strategic energy plan for the transportation sector, which at the same […]
The number of large cities continues to rise across the globe. In the future, such densely populated and heavily trafficked cities will become increasingly challenged on the energy and environmental front, especially in relation to the supply and consumption of energy, as well as the pollution caused by e.g. the transport sector. Demonstration of Smart Cities in Europe The […]
The somewhat limited range is one of the biggest obstacles for electric vehicles. The MECc project will develop a range extender, which should optimally be able to provide a range of up to 800 km on a full charge and fill-up. Bio-methanol based range extender for electric vehicles The main purpose of the MECc project […]
With the movement towards replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, the future power system will experience growing challenges in balancing the fluctuating power production and utilizing the renewable energy production to the fullest. Commercialisation of grid-integrated electric vehicles The Parker-project demonstrates how grid-integrated electric vehicles can play a role in solving this growing challenge, […]
Insero and its department Mobility are the project managers of CIPED (Compact Intelligent Powerful Electric Drivetrain) and in charge of the development of a business analysis for the commercialisation of the CIPED-solution. A limited driving range is still a challenge for the electric vehicles and there is a current need for new innovate solutions that can […]
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.
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.
Stricter international environmental regulations combined with shipping companies’ focus on energy and cost efficient operations are driving a green conversion in the maritime sector. This White Paper demonstrates opportunities and lessons learned from different stakeholders across the Danish maritime industry, supported by state-of-the-art case examples.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The service seeks to implement a number of measures to increase the modal split in companies towards cycling. It is an employer-based system that focuses on motivation and good conditions for cycling employees. The company signals to its employees that it supports exercise and good health, and it also gets an opportunity to promote itself […]
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.
Urban mobility, climate adaption, resiliency, green and blue areas and clean air are all examples of vital elements to consider in developing liveable cities of tomorrow. However, rather than seeing these elements as independent areas, substantial economic and environmental gains can be made from adopting a more integrated and holistic approach to urban planning.
It is a common misperception that investments in sustainable solutions exceed the cost of traditional urban planning. In Denmark, we already have substantial proof that this is hardly the case. On the contrary, the implementation of green urban solutions offers strong business cases with short payback times and high return on investment. For instance, by investing largely in both modernising and updating existing infrastructure and in developing new infrastructure, services and technologies, Denmark has managed to decouple the emission in the transportation sector from increased demand for transportation.
Creating a liveable city means taking a holistic approach through public-private partnerships and cross-sector collaboration, enabling smart, urban solutions that not only make cities prosperous but also healthy, safe and attractive places to live in. Danish cities, both big and small, have applied unique public-private partnership models for solving many of their challenges related to climate adaptation, energy efficiency, mobility and liveability.
Denmark has for many years been a frontrunner within urban mobility planning. We hold a strong tradition for people from all layers of society to bike and it has become an integral part of the Danish story. In fact, more than 50 per cent of the people who live and work in Copenhagen commute by bike every day. The Danish companies and municipalities, therefore, have the perfect conditions for testing and developing state of the art solutions for bicycle infrastructure.
Danish technology and know-how in the field of urban planning and sustainable transportation are applied not only in Denmark but all over the world. We invite you to explore sustainable transportation and urban planning related solutions in more depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest energy news and discover real-life case examples of how technology can help solve your mobility issues.
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