By 2025, Copenhagen will be the first capital city in the world to become carbon neutral. To reach this ambitious goal, the city council has adopted a comprehensive and targeted carbon reduction master plan that aims to take the city’s CO2 consumption from its current level of around 2.5 million tonnes to under 1.2 million tonnes in less than two decades.
The CPH Climate Plan 2025 pays considerable attention to reducing building emissions, which are responsible for 75 percent of the city’s CO2 emissions. Many of Copenhagen’s buildings were built in the 60s and 70s and do not conform to new energy efficiency standards.
The Climate Plan is organised around four pillars: energy consumption, energy, mobility, and city administration. Wind farms, citywide efficient heating systems, energy efficiency, and the development of public transportation networks and bike routes are some of the initiatives in the works to bring Copenhagen closer to its carbon-neutral goal. The first “bicycle superhighway” – designed to connect outer districts and suburbs to the city centre – opened this year, with 26 more set to be developed over the coming years. The city also aims to make district heating and cooling carbon neutral, and recently opened its first district cooling plant, using seawater, and plans as many as seven over the master plan period to meet the city’s growing need for air conditioning.