Copenhagen and the climate change
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark with a population of app. 600.000. The city is situated in the Øresunds region on the eastern coast of Zealand and stretches across part of Amager. A number of bridges and tunnels connect the parts of the city together, and the cityscape is characterized by promenades and waterfronts. Copenhagen is well reputed for it’s way of combining initiatives on the environment with economic growth and the quality of life for the Copenhageners. Recently the city was awarded with the prestigious European Green Capital Award for 2014 by the European Commission. One of the key factors was the citys Climate Adaption Plan.
The climate is changing, and in the future Copenhagen faces more rain, higher sea levels and warmer weather. This presents Copenhagen with a number of challenges. The City of Copenhagen is working towards achieving carbon neutrality for the city while also preparing for the extreme weather expected in the future.
In 2011 City of Copenhagen adopted measures to deal with extreme rainfall events. Extreme rainfall events present enormous challenges which vary from area to area and cannot, therefore, be solved by a single initiative such as upgrading the sewerage system. For this reason, there is a need for coordinated and consolidated action combining the solutions appropriate to each area - and this without compromising the high quality of life in the city.
With the Copenhagen Climate Adaption Plan we are meeting the challenges now