Denmark’s 6 largest cities to spearhead green transition in public transportation

Denmark’s six largest municipalities will accelerate the green transition in public transportation by committing to making all new city buses zero emission buses from 2021. This will benefit the climate and air quality in the cities.

A new climate partnership agreement between Denmark’s Minister for Transport and the country’s six largest municipalities, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Vejle and Frederiksberg, will spearhead the green transition in public transportation.

The climate partnerships are focused primarily on green transition in bus transport, but other modes of transportation will also be included.

Zero emission buses and cars

The six municipalities account for approximately 25 percent of public bus transport in Denmark, and hopefully their commitment will make other municipalities join the movement, the Minister for Transport said in a statement.

“I am very pleased with number of ambitious agreements. I hope and believe that more municipalities will follow and accede to the goals that our largest municipalities have now committed to”

- Benny Engelbrecht, Denmark’s Minister for Transport

Five of the six municipalities will also convert the municipal car fleet. Four municipalities have committed to ensuring that all newly leased or newly purchased municipal passenger cars will be zero emission vehicles by 2020 or 2021.

Copenhagen: zero emission test zones

In the City of Copenhagen, all new buses must be zero emission buses from 2020, and all diesel fuelled buses must follow suit by the end of 2025.

The opportunity to establish zero emission test zones will also be investigated by the Ministry of Transport and Housing, together with the Ministry of Environment and Food and Copenhagen municipality.

“Cities play a crucial role in the green transition, and in Copenhagen we strive to be at the forefront. We have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 40 percent since 2005 and have come far in the process of replacing all city buses with electric buses. I am pleased that the government will look into establishing city zones excluding noisy and polluting vehicles”

- Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen

Ramping up on electric charging stations

Neighbouring Frederiksberg Municipality will also raise the bar, ensuring that no resident will have more than 250 metres to a public charging station for electric cars by 2025.

“The climate partnership agreements are a wonderful example of how the green transition in Denmark is also driven by trust and voluntary commitment. Public-private partnerships are another important element, and Copenhagen Capacity is here to help all foreign companies who want to setup in Greater Copenhagen to contribute with sustainable solutions”

- Anette Steenberg, Investment Promotion Director, Copenhagen Capacity

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