Copenhagen, Denmark
Zhang Ruiqi   Apr 30.2016


Climate Plan 2025 in Copenhagen, DenmarkThe Danish capital, Copenhagen is moving quickly towards a zero-carbon future.
Wind farms, citywide efficient heating systems, energy efficiency, and the development of public transportation networks and bike routes are some of the initiatives helping the city in its aim to be carbon neutral by 2025.

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Copenhagen's ambition to become the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025 will see further innovations and an even greater push towards energy efficiency and sustainability. Acting on a City Council plan approved in August 2012, Copenhagen intends to replace coal with biomass, to add more wind and solar electricity to the grid, to upgrade inefficient buildings, and to encourage even more use of bikes and public transit.


Waste heat from power plants is also used to keep buildings warm via the world's largest district heating network.


Copenhagen's pursuit of carbon neutrality also rests on its ability to meet demanding energy efficiency and transportation goals. Commercial and residential buildings are to reduce electricity consumption by 20 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, and total heat consumption is to fall by 20 per cent by 2025.
The city faces a major challenge though in making existing buildings more energy efficient as more than 70 per cent of Copenhagen's buildings were constructed before Denmark's energy efficiency standards were introduced. A common and significant hurdle that the city is facing on this issue is the landlord-tenant conundrum; many Copenhageners rent and neither tenants nor landlords have the resources to roll out a retrofitting programme on buildings.


Lat: 55.6713
Lng: 12.5608
Region: Europe
Scale: Region
Field: Infrastructure
City: Copenhagen