C40 Summit: Copenhagen to be the world’s first carbon neutral city 

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    København er i disse dage vært for et topmøde for borgmestre fra hele verden, når C40 holder World Mayors Summit. Her udveksler verdens byer viden og gode ideer med henblik på ambitiøse skridt mod handling på klimaområdet. Det er syvende gang C40 holder Mayors Summit. I en pressemedelelse oplyses det, at København vil være den første neutrale by i verden:

    Copenhagen has achieved a 40% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, and green solutions is the very DNA of the Danish capital. Copenhagen wants to reach its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 through a green transition of energy production, energy consumption and transport.

    Copenhagen boasts many inspiring green solutions, but especially two themes come to mind: Sustainable energy production and Copenhageners exploring their city by bike. Over the last decade, more than 100 million euros have been invested towards improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure, resulting in more than 435 kilometers of bike lanes, bridges and highways made especially for bicycles – including many spectacular biking-experiences like The Inner Tube, The Circle Bridge and Inderhavnen Bridge.

    Today, 49% of Copenhageners complete their daily transits on bike, resulting in more than 1.3 million kilometers biked each day. Bikes can not only replace cars as the main vehicle of transportation in a city, but in doing so congestion is reduced, cleaner air is created, and citizens get healthier.

    Copenhagen hopes that its specific approach to creating the most bicycle friendly city on earth can help inspire other cities to act. Climate friendly energy heats Copenhagen Beyond the bicycle friendly nature of Copenhagen, the city’s approach to energy consumption is essential in ensuring a green and sustainable city.

    99% of buildings in Copenhagen sport environmentally friendly district heating, mainly through the capture and reuse of waste heat from electricity production and channeling that into people’s homes. The municipality also monitors energy consumption in government properties such as daycares, cultural centers and government buildings to save energy and reduce carbon footprint. In all, these systems help Copenhageners save more than 1.400 Euro annually and saves the city several hundred tons of CO2.

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