Copenhagen stands out in European climate race

According to a new report from Accenture and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) among 22 European cities, the Danish capital is a frontrunner in setting up climate targets and reduction of CO2.

According to a new report from Accenture and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) among 22 European cities, the Danish capital is a frontrunner in setting up climate targets and reduction of CO2.

Action behind the words
The report shows that more and more cities are concerned about climate challenges - and that Copenhagen is in front. Copenhagen has not only set ambitious 2025 climate targets, Copenhagen also shows action. The City of Copenhagen has reduced CO2 emissions by 5.2% in a single year, partly due to increasing energy efficiency, bicycling and conversion of waste into electricity, says Trygve Skjøtskift, Energy Expert at Accenture, Denmark.

Great ambitions - but limited results
The level of ambition is generally high among European cities and 70% of cities have set specific goals for climate action. Hamburg, Berlin and Stockholm are among the most ambitious cities, for example Stockholm has an objective to be free of fossil fuels by 2050.

In terms of measuring progress in carbon-reductions, the picture looks somewhat different. According to the reports from the 22 European countries, only four are able to document a change in CO2 emissions. These include Copenhagen, London, Rotterdam and Berlin and among the four, only Copenhagen and London manage to show carbon-reductions by 5.2% and 3.6%, respectively. Rotterdam and Berlin have both increased emissions with between 4-6% since emissions were last registered.

Read the original article (IN DANISH) from CSR.dk here or see the "Seven Climate Change Lessons from the Cities of Europe" report.