Countries around the world have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop pumping out climate-changing emissions by 2025. Copenhagen, however, aims to go further by becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital.
Jørgen Abildgaard, director of the city’s climate program wants Copenhagen to lead the way by example for cities around the world to follow. Considering the city already produces only 2.2 tonnes of emissions per capita, it’s safe to assume – Copenhagen is well on its way to achieving its intended goals.
In its quest to cut emissions, Copenhagen has another distinct advantage: For over 100 years, the city – and Denmark as a whole – has relied on district heating, a system where heat is produced and supplied from one neighbourhood or area plant, instead of per household.
That means the city itself can make the switch to cleaner energy for large numbers of residents, cutting carbon emissions by over half compared to the use of individual gas or oil boilers.
The city also has a newly-built district cooling system, which uses seawater to cool buildings and households, cutting energy consumption up to 80 percent compared to traditional methods of air-conditioning.
As part of the city’s venture to go carbon-free, Copenhagen is constructing the Cityringen Metro – a 15.5km underground circle line which will be an extension to the existing Copenhagen Metro. This project aims to be completed by July 2019.