Copenhagen

Denmark
Lord Mayor Frank Jensen, Elected 2010

Case Studies

Copenhagen has taken an innovative and adaptive approach to waste management. Its motto is — less waste, more separation. The system works because it it's flexible — taking into consideration the differing needs and habits of every citizen and business around the clock. For example, people can return paint waste to the paint shop or medicine waste to the pharmacy. Waste drop off points are local and have flexible hours of operation. The system has reduced CO2 emissions by 40,000 tons CO2 and generated 1,000,000 MWh of additional energy — enough to power 70,000 homes annually — by turning waste to energy.

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The Copenhagen district heating system is one of the world's largest, oldest and most successful, supplying 97% of the City with clean, reliable and affordable heating. Set up by five Mayors in 1984, the system simply captures waste heat from electricity production - normally released into the sea – and channels it back through pipes into peoples' homes. The system cuts household bills by 1,400 EUR annually, and has saved Copenhagen district the equivalent of 203,000 tons of oilevery year - that's 665,000 tons CO2.

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In Copenhagen, cycling is considered a distinct traffic category with its own separate road area, on par with motor traffic and pedestrian traffic. As many as 50 % of Copenhagen residents who work or study in Copenhagen cycle to their workplace or educational institution.

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