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.
A consortium of Danish corporations plans to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area. The partnership brings together the demand and supply side of sustainable fuels with a vision to realise what could become one of the world’s largest electrolyser and sustainable fuel production facilities. The project can spearhead the maturation of sustainable fuels while creating jobs and new value chains to reinforce Denmark’s role as a green energy leader.
Arup led the architectural design, taking a user-centric ethos at every step of the way. Our intuitive-minimalism, inspired by the Scandinavian design tradition, has led to spacious, light-filled stations with distinctive internal façades that echo the local spirit of the areas they connect to.
On 26-28 February, a Saudi Arabian delegation visited Denmark with the purpose to gather inspiration for the realisation of “Qiddiya”, an entertainment, sports and arts destination that will be built outside the capital Riyadh.
In a new report, the Danish Council on Climate Change presents a string of recommendations to help Denmark reach its 2030 CO2 reduction goal. The transition requires both immediate implementation of existing technologies and a more long-term strategic effort.
Utilising linkages between sectors to best use renewable energy has a huge potential in the reduction of CO2 emissions. Digitised and energy efficient consumption, electrification and a comprehensive renewable energy system are all variables in the quest for huge CO2 reductions.
As the first port in Denmark, the Port of Aarhus grants a tax discount to “green ships”. The use of tax discounts has proven successful for increasing green maritime transportation in ports of neighbouring countries.
Denmark is investing in the the energy storage and sector coupling technologies of the future. Two large-scale Power-to-X projects have been awarded grants totalling EUR 17.1 million, which will allow us to use green power as fuel for busses, airplanes and ships in the future.
The London suburb of Wembley Park is well known to football fans. Currently undergoing extensive regeneration, the suburb is being transformed into a best in class example of how district heating can supply urban areas with efficient, affordable and sustainable energy.
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.
With a worldwide focus on reducing CO2 emitted into the atmosphere and eliminating harmful particle emission from the automotive industry, AIWAYS, a Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, has teamed up with the Danish developer and manufacturer of high-temperature methanol fuel cells, Blue World Technologies. The collaboration is based on AIWAYS’ overall goal to create the next generation of sustainable vehicles.
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.
Vejle Municipality includes the public in its vision for urban development, city experiments, and architecture. CityLab is part of a knowledge centre, where the municipality continuously works to create economic, social, and health benefits for its citizens and society. This is realised through holistic urban development, urban experiments, and multi-disciplinary projects, involving private and public partners. The exhibition site provides the public and other stakeholders of the city with the opportunity to experience and contribute to the development of their future city, an aspect praised by investors.
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.
The City Council of Aarhus has adopted a set of holistic, political goals concerning the climate and the environment of the city. This means that all plans and policies in the City of Aarhus must consider their potential environmental impact. The central strategy within the framework of this holistic approach is the ambitious and tangible […]
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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