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Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.<ref>[[wikipedia:Copenhagen]]</ref> It has also received the title of "European Green Capital 2014" as a result of its environmental record and its ambitious goals. Mention was made of the city's efforts to work with companies, universities and organisations in order to further green growth, the "Green Laboratory" component in its North Harbour project, and its efforts to increase the proportion of the population [[cycling]] to work to 50% by 2015. <ref>[[wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning]]</ref>
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Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.<ref>[[wikipedia:Copenhagen]]</ref> It has also received the title of "European Green Capital 2014" as a result of its environmental record and its ambitious goals. <ref>[[wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning]]</ref> For a number of years, Copenhagen has ranked high in international surveys for its quality of life. Although it is one of the world's most expensive cities, it is also one of the most liveable with its public transport, facilities for cyclists and its environmental policies. <ref>[[wikipedia:Copenhagen#Quality of living]]</ref>
  
 
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Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.[1] It has also received the title of "European Green Capital 2014" as a result of its environmental record and its ambitious goals. [2] For a number of years, Copenhagen has ranked high in international surveys for its quality of life. Although it is one of the world's most expensive cities, it is also one of the most liveable with its public transport, facilities for cyclists and its environmental policies. [3]

Initiatives by topic

Climate action

The municipal policy is to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% before the end of 2015.

Copenhagen aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Commercial and residential buildings are to reduce electricity consumption by 20 percent and 10 percent respectively, and total heat consumption is to fall by 20 percent by 2025. Renewable energy features such as solar panels are becoming increasingly common in the newest buildings in Copenhagen. District heating will be carbon-neutral by 2025. New buildings must now be constructed according to Low Energy Class ratings and in 2020 near net-zero energy buildings. By 2025, 75% of trips should be made on foot, by bike, or by using public transit. The city plans that 20-30% of cars will run on electricity or biofuel by 2025. [4]

Coasts

Copenhagen and the surrounding areas have three beaches with a total of approx. 8 kilometres (5 miles) of sandy shores within 30 minutes cycling from the city centre. These include Amager Strandpark, which opened in 2005 with a 2 km (1 mi) long artificial island and a total of 4.6 km (2.9 mi) of beaches, located just 15 minutes by bicycle or a few minutes by metro from the city centre.

The beaches are supplemented by a system of Harbour Baths along the Copenhagen waterfront. The first and most popular of these is located at Islands Brygge and has won international acclaim for its design. [5]

Cycling

wikipedia:Cycling in Copenhagen

Environment quality

Years of substantial investment in sewage treatment have improved water quality in the harbour to an extent that the inner harbour can be used for swimming with facilities at a number of locations. [6]

Open spaces

Copenhagen is a green city well endowed with open spaces. It has an extensive and well-distributed system of parks that act as venues for a wide array of events and urban life. As a supplement to the regular parks, there are a number of congenial public gardens and some cemeteries doubling as parks. It is official municipal policy in Copenhagen that all citizens by 2015 must be able to reach a park or beach on foot in less than 15 minutes. [7]

Sustainable energy

In 2001 a large offshore wind farm was built just off the coast of Copenhagen at Middelgrunden. It produces about 4% of the city's energy. [8]

Towards sustainable economies

As a result of its commitment to high environmental standards, Copenhagen has been praised for its green economy, becoming the world's leading green city in the 2012 Global Green Economy Index. [9]

Urban sustainability

The city's architectural planning authorities have given special attention to both climate issues and efforts to ensure maximum application of low-energy standards. Priorities include recycling rainwater, green roofs and efficient waste management solutions. In city planning, streets and squares are to be designed to encourage cycling and walking rather than driving.

News and comment

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Interwiki links

Wikipedia: Copenhagen

External links

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References

  1. wikipedia:Copenhagen
  2. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning
  3. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Quality of living
  4. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning
  5. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Beaches
  6. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning
  7. wikipedia:Parks and open spaces in Copenhagen
  8. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning
  9. wikipedia:Copenhagen#Environmental planning
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