Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. The population of Copenhagen with currently more than 610,000 inhabitants is expected to grow by 20% in the next decade and this provides a window of opportunities to combine infrastructural changes with green growth toward carbon neutrality in 2025.

The Department for City Development is responsible for development projects including action plans within climate adaptation and mitigation. Currently, the department’s team for climate mitigation is preparing the third and last road map – Climate Road Map 2021-2025 – that is intended to show how Copenhagen can reach the 2025 target of carbon-neutrality

The Department for City Development has numerous development projects within the four key areas of climate mitigation – energy consumption, energy production, mobility, and city administration initiatives. The Department works together with other city departments and external partners in the private and public sector. Cooperation with other cities is a key tool that brings inspiration and knowledge sharing among peers that is mutually beneficial.

(Photos by Ursula Bach)

The City of Copenhagen is a Fellow City in the ATELIER project. In this context, the City of Copenhagen will:

  • prepare a City Vision 2050,
  • establish a PED Innovation Atelier (Positive Energy District),
  • prepare a plan for PED Replication & Upscaling.

An area in the North Harbour district has been selected as living lab for these ambitious goals based on the lessons learnt and the network created in EnergyLab Nordhavn. The aim is to formulate a plan for creating a PED on the Levantkaj in the North Harbour district using innovative concepts such as co-creation and energy communities. Such initiatives are part of the buildings blocks that will help realise the vision of a fossil-free livable Copenhagen in 2050 – maybe even earlier.


Kirsten Dyhr-Mikkelsen

City of Copenhagen

Department for City Development – Climate
The Technical and Environmental Administration