Copenhagen - On Road to a Zero Carbon City

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In 2012, the Copenhagen City administration released the 2012 CPH2025 Climate Plan, thereby becoming the first capital city in the world to commit itself to achieving carbon dioxide (CO2) neutrality by 2025. The plan envisaged collaborative efforts by various stakeholders including city authorities, the private sector, utilities, universities, and citizens. The climate plan was an important element of the city's green growth strategy. The strategy also aimed at the city becoming an important player in the growing global market for green technology. The deployment of the technology and implementation of measures was expected to generate jobs and income to the city as well.

The climate plan envisaged implementation of initiatives in four important areas viz., energy consumption, energy production, mobility, and city administration. Earlier, in 2009, the Copenhagen City Council had set itself the target of reducing carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2015 compared to the levels in 2005 and also announced its vision of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. The target was achieved in 2011 itself, well ahead of schedule.

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The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • Copenhagen's approach to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025.
  • The factors that facilitated Copenhagen in its initiative.
  • Copenhagen's efforts to collaborate with all stakeholders in its efforts.
  • Unique characteristic of Copenhagen as a Cyclist's Dream and its contribution to becoming carbon neutral
  • Long-term strategy of Copenhagen to become a major supplier for green technologies in the global market

An Advantageous Starting Point
2025 Climate Plan
Energy Consumption
Energy Production
City Administration
Investment And Benefits
The Bicycle Culture
Involving Stakeholders
Looking Ahead


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