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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

by , 03/20/13

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4. Retrofit Old Buildings to Conserve Energy

Many of Copenhagen’s historic buildings are hundreds of years old, so they lack the kind of materials that we now have to prevent thermal loss, plug leaky windows, and in general achieve optimum energy efficiency – either in homes or commercial buildings. Aware of this, the city has embarked on a plan to retrofit existing buildings as best as they can in order to slash their overall load.

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5. Make all New Buildings Energy Efficient

One great thing about building anew, if the land exists and all of the necessary environmental impact assessments have been satisfactorily completed, is that public and private investors have more control over each new project’s environmental impact. Instead of undergoing the expensive job of kitting out old buildings, it’s possible to incorporate that new technology into the design right from the beginning – something that Copenhagen has set out to do.

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6. Build a Green Economy

While he acknowledges climate change and the importance of preparing for the day that weather events will become even more destructive and unpredictable than they already are, Mayor Jensen also has to think about creating jobs for his populace. And he is convinced that growing a green economy is the most constructive angle.

“I believe that we should keep an eye on the return on investments,” he told Huff Po. “Not just in terms of a better climate, environment and improvement in the health of Copenhagen’s citizens, but also in terms of hard cash.”

Via Huffington Post

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