Realizing that climate change requires immediate action across administrative boundaries, the Capital Region of Denmark and the regional organization Kommunekontaktrådet Hovedstaden, a political forum for the region's 29 municipalities, have prepared this first common climate strategy for the capital region.
The strategy is to lead to enhanced cross-municipal and regional climate-change adaptation efforts in five areas which have been given political priority.
The strategy is to supply, underpin and inspire the individual local efforts at municipal and regional levels.
The municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark will work to make the capital region the best prepared region for the climate of the future.
We must be ready for the increasing water volumes that will be a consequence of extreme rainfall events and rising water levels, and we will contribute to developing new solutions for climate-change adaptation in a dynamic interplay with the business community.
The municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark will also work to ensure that the capital region becomes the most energy-efficient region of Denmark.
We will reduce our carbon emissions and energy consumption, while also strengthening the market for energy-efficient technologies.
The goals and the visions of the climate strategy will be realized in a number of specific actions taken along five tracks:
- A climate-change ready region
- A climate-friendly transport system
- Transition to a fossil-fuel-free energy system
- Energy-efficient buildings
- Climate-friendly consumption and procurement
The municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark are in the process of preparing the concrete actions for the two strategic initiatives
- the capital region as the leading electric car region
- the vision for a coherent energy system based on renewables.
You can read more about the five tracks and actions in the climate strategy itself in the english pixi-version of the climate strategy. See pdf to the right.
One of the main goals of the climate vision is that the strategy should form the basis for new and significant cooperation projects across the region.
This applies to the development of cross-municipal and regional cooperation projects as well as to strengthened interaction between public and private actors about the development of new solutions that can help promote new growth as well as enhance the competitiveness of businesses.
Recent years have shown that if enterprises, knowledge institutions and public authorities cooperate pro-actively to meet climate challenges, they will be able to gain huge advantages in the international competition between metropolitan regions for growth and development.
If the climate strategy is to be a success, it is crucial that many different parties and stakeholders are heard and participate actively.
Emphasis will therefore be on involving citizens as well as municipalities, enterprises and knowledge institutions in the development and realization of the climate strategy.
The municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark have agreed to monitor the realization of the strategy closely and have established a Climate-Policy Forum for this purpose.
The municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark have appointed five politicians to the forum, which had its first meeting in 2012.
The municipalities are represented by
- Fredensborg Municipality
- Helsingør Municipality
- The City of Frederiksberg
- The City of Albertslund
- The City of Copenhagen
Five members of the Committee for the Environment and Green Growth represent the region in the forum.
Furthermore, the climate strategy will be followed up by climate conferences and seminars for policy-makers, experts, professionals and representatives from the business community.
The first such conference took place in 2012 and addressed the development of a common vision for coherent energy planning for the capital region.