Capital Region of Denmark is the first region to take global responsibility for the climate

​The Capital Region of Denmark is the first Danish region to have the opportunity to influence the global climate agenda. The Regional Council has decided that, in future, the Region will be taking part as an observer in two ambitious international networks. 

“We’re investing in climate-friendly solutions such as super cycle highways and green public transport, e.g. electric cars and busses, and we’re prioritising reuse of waste at the region’s hospitals as well as green procurement. But there are no limits to the climate agenda."

"Therefore, the region, the public, and nature in the rest of the world will benefit when we join together internationally to strengthen green transition,” said Jens Mandrup, chairman of the Committee for Environment and Transport at the Capital Region of Denmark.
 
In one network, Compact of States and Regions, members report on the status for their carbon emissions. This means that the network has a strong factual foundation from which to reach out and take action, e.g. at the next Climate Summit in November (COP 22). 
 
Another network is R20, which supports green transition by launching good green projects. The network gathers investors interested in green transition and couples them with good green business ideas. The network was originally started by action film star and former governor in California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 
“Businesses in Greater Copenhagen are good at environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. Much of total Danish exports come from these businesses working with green solutions."

"By taking part in these networks, we can help maintain Danish businesses’ lead in developing future smart and energy-saving street lighting, for example, or waste that can be reused in entirely new contexts. This will benefit the climate and the environment, and it will create growth and jobs for the people living here in the region,” said Mr. Mandrup.
 
Politicians from the Capital Region of Denmark have set a goal that the Copenhagen region is to have fossil-free electricity and heat supply by as soon as 2035. 

More specifically, this means that in 2035 district heating plants in the Copenhagen region will no longer supply energy from coal and natural gas, but instead it will come from wind, biomass and other sustainable energy sources, and ordinary oil-fired boilers will be phased out and replaced by heat pumps, for example.

The goal is also that the transport sector is to be based on sustainable energy sources by 2050, making the Copenhagen region is entirely fossil-free by 2050. 

Further information:

Chairman of the Committee for Environment and Transport , Jens Mandrup (Socialist People's Party), mobile phone: +45 31 34 88 98.

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