Copenhagen Plans: Without Gas Emissions

Copenhagen could be the first city with zero gas emissions by 2025. City leaders claim that the set goal is quite reasonable and could become a reality in the near future. The municipal authorities of the Danish capital presented a plan which should allow Copenhagen to become the first such capital in the world by 2025.

What Is the Plan?

It is worth to admit that the capital of Denmark has the lowest emissions

carbon dioxide among European capitals which is equal to 2.5 tons per year per person.

The capital of Denmark is located near the North Sea, and the consequences

of global warming concern it directly. Copenhagen is more likely to suffer from storms and torrential rains than other European capitals. According to the pessimistic forecast prepared by the Niels Bohr Institute in 2015, the sea level in Northern Europe can rise by 1.5 m by the end of the 21st century.

Copenhagen occupies a leading position among European capitals as the city with the lowest carbon emissions per person. Moreover, since 2005, emissions are decreased by 38%, which is the greatest success that has been achieved. In 2012, the city adopted the first climate plan, which was updated in 2016. The measures taken are recorded in the International Climate Registry, which voluntarily fill out 723 cities in the world.

The climate plan covers such areas as power generation, energy efficiency, transportation, urban economy. Since municipal authorities do not have a direct influence on some areas, they enter into partnerships with business and research institutions and invest in the development of green technologies, thereby contributing to the creation of new jobs.

In order to turn Copenhagen into the world's first carbon-neutral city, a number of initiatives have been launched including a radical reconstruction of buildings, reorganization of energy supply, more wind turbines and changing habits in using transport. It is assumed that thanks to this plan, the Danish capital will reduce gas emissions to about 1.1 million tons, at the same time accelerating the pace of development and improving the quality of life.

The implementation of the climate plan will require a municipal investment of approximately 2.5 billion kroner until 2025. This number was indicated in the City Hall press release. In addition, private ones are expected as well. Capital investments are equal to 20-25 billion kroner, which will allow increasing employment in the capital by about 35 thousand people a year. Moreover, except improving the environment and climate, these investments will bring economic benefits. Copenhagen will pay 350 CZK monthly less for electricity and heat when the plan will be fulfilled to the full extent.

Moreover, the government is planning to make a decision contributing to green transport: public and Copenhagen administration vehicles will be transferred from gasoline and diesel for biofuels and electricity. The authorities claim that they will be able to offset these carbon dioxide emissions and achieve the goal – to turn Copenhagen into a "carbon neutral" city and an exporter of alternative energy.