To reach this ambitious goal, the city council has adopted a wide range of initiatives that together should 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 fact that the city is aiming to make up the balance of its remaining CO2 consumption by generating its own clean electricity is particularly innovative and ambitious. In order to reach this goal, Copenhagen is expanding wind farms and constructing biomass plants. The plan focuses on four areas: energy consumption, energy production, mobility, and city administration. The CPH 2025 Climate Plan was created with a clear goal to attain better quality of life for its citizens, encourage innovation, and create jobs and investments. This city has proven that the key for success is close cooperation between government, businesses, knowledge institutions and citizens.
The newly created “City Climate Leadership Awards” will provide recognition for cities that are demonstrating leadership through the implementation of scalable solutions that lower emissions and address issues cities are facing as a result of global climate change. The award is initiated by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and Siemens who announced a new collaboration earlier this year, which includes a global awards competition to recognize innovative city driven climate actions.
Copenhagen’s Climate Adaption Plan receives Index Award
Last week, the Danish capital was awarded with another prize for its green initatives. Copenhagen received the world's largest design award, the, INDEX: Award 2013 for its successful adaptation to climate changes with a plan that considers flooding and climate adaptation as a resource rather than a problem, benefiting businesses and citizens alike.
Copenhagen found a way to connect and address the climate changes in one master plan, the city’s Climate Adaptation Plan, which aims to prepare Copenhagen for the future challenges by developing the Danish capital as a climate proof, attractive, and green city. The plan was one of two winners in the COMMUNITY category of INDEX: Award 2013:
“Copenhagen is already a world leader for green and sustainable solutions. By implementing the Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan, the city can stimulate growth and sustainability at the same time. We believe that a climate proof city is more attractive to live and invest in,” says Frank Jensen Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.
The INDEX: Award jury’s motivations for awarding this design is that in a year where climate adaptation plans are mandatory in all municipalities throughout Denmark – and a central focus of city administrations around the world – Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan really stands out with its main focus on considering flooding and climate adaptation as an asset rather than a issue, benefiting businesses and citizens alike.
Thus, by rethinking climate adaptations as a whole, via in-depth analyses, the Danish capital will use excess water as a vital resource – while implementing flexible design solutions that reduce construction work and saves money for the city.
Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan also stands out because it is based on public-private partnerships and, as opposed to many other climate adaptation plans, is of value because it has been passed in the Copenhagen City Council, in a city of relatively longsighted planning.