COPENHAGEN AIMS TO BECOME THE WORLD’S FIRST CO2 NEUTRAL
The City of Copenhagen wants to become the first carbon neutral capital in
the world by 2025. And Copenhagen is already well on its way. Providing the
city with integrated transportation systems has reduced traffic congestion
and pollution to levels that are extremely low compared to many other big
cities. One indication of this is that the number of car trips within the
central part of Copenhagen fell from 350,000 in 1970 to 284,000 in 2012.
Demonstrating Copenhagen’s many sustainable initiatives, the contribution
to the World City Summit 2012, COPENHAGEN SOLUTIONS, offers inspiration to
policy makers worldwide. With its extensive and efficient district heating
network, bridges only for cyclists and pedestrians and an ambitious Climate
Action Plan, Copenhagen is a good place to look for inspiration when it
comes to creating greener cities. This is also acknowledged by the jury of
the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012, which has awarded the
City of Copenhagen special mention along with five other cities.
"We are very pleased with the special mention that places Copenhagen
in the same league as New York City. It’s great to get international
acknowledgement for the investments we make in making Copenhagen the
world’s first carbon neutral capital. I hope that we can inspire other
cities,” says Pia Allerslev, Mayor of Culture and Leisure in Copenhagen.
“The special mention from the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012 is an
recognition of the fact that the City of Copenhagen is world class when it
comes to sustainable urban development and strategies for green growth,”
says CEO at the Danish Architecture Centre, Kent Martinussen.
At the World City Summit a partnership between the City of Copenhagen,
Danish Architecture Centre and Realdania presents a wide range of
initiatives and projects that are transforming Copenhagen. Among them are
revitalization of old industrial areas, new urban areas full of innovative
architecture and sustainable district heating and cooling.
“A cluster of Danish and international planners, architects, engineers,
manufacturers, contractors, investors and the city council have turned
Copenhagen into a high performing global leader within the development of
systemic sustainable urban solutions and by showcasing the best solutions
it is our hope that we can serve as an inspiration for other cities”, says
Realdania’s CEO at Realdania, Flemming Borreskov.
The exhibition COPENHAGEN SOLUTIONS is developed by the Danish Architecture
Centre for COPENHAGEN SOLUTIONS – a public, private partnership of the City
of Copenhagen and Realdania.
Ovenstående pressemeddelelse er udsendt af Dansk Arkitektur Center