Sustainable living

By 2020, half of Denmark’s electricity will be provided by wind turbines. Denmark has decided to lead the transition to a green economy and plans to become independent of fossil fuels by 2050 as one of the first countries in the world. The City of Copenhagen aims to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025.

 
“A good city is like a good party: You stay much longer than you planned.” – Jan Gehl


 

INSPIRATION

 

Danish guide and award to sustainable projects
Sustainia is a global platform for communication and innovation. It seeks to change the international debate about and involve the citizens in sustainable development.
The aim for Copenhagen is to be carbon neutral by 2025. Therefore, the Guide to Sustaina is about all the cool places, you can visit in Copenhagen, when the city has reached its goals. The guide builds on existing and extensive plans for Copenhagen, so this is not just pipe dreams. And this is exactly what makes the guide so interesting.
Video about Sustainia
Guide to Sustaina
www.sustainia.me




Role model: Energy self-sufficient island
The small Danish island called Samsø, home to 4,000 people, stretching over about 103 square kilometres of land, aims to become 100 per cent energy self-sufficient, using a combination of offshore wind power, solar energy and biofuels. The inhabitants of Samsø have cut CO2 emissions by 140 per cent in the last 10 years.
The model has been so successful that Samsø exports energy to mainland Denmark and acts as a role model for other islands that are interested in developing renewable energy. It's become an attraction, too: Around 20,000 people flock there during the summer.
What remains to be explored and tested is whether a completely energy efficient life can also be possible in bigger regions with large populations.

energiakademiet.dk - offical site of the project

sustainablecities.dk - article about the project


Danish leader in the field of sustainability
Jan Gehl is a Danish architect who is specialized in designing sustainable solutions for the improvement of transport for pedestrians and bicycles in cities around the world.His main principle is that people should be put back at the center of how cities operate.  He has had a major role in designing transport solution in cities such as Copenhagen, London, New York and Melbourne. In Copenhagen, his last successes is increasing the safety of cyclists by using the car parking line as a buffer between cycle routes and main roads.

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Video interview


Energy system of the future
One of the solutions to our climate challenges is the 'Smart Grid' system. Danish scientists are developing this and it is to become the energy system of the future.
Video: Learn about 'Smart Grid'


Energy saving home
One of the most problematic sources of energy consumption lies in our own homes which use a massive amount of energy for heating. This can easily be avoided with the right isolation and heating system.
Video: How you can get an energy-saving home


A green nugget from Denmark 
An very concrete example of Danish sustainability-ingenuity is Wattguard – a system which utilises electrical energy more efficiently. Results from installations of the system have shown that it has the potential to save up to 40 per cent of electricity consumption – which in turn means lower CO2 emissions.
More information about Wattguard



 

How to face environmental challenges
Too much energy consumption is one of the biggest threats to our climate and environment. This is something that Danish scientists as well as the ordinary Danish citizen are very aware of. But is it possible to increase economic growth without harming the environment?
Video: Learn about the changing world



FACTS

Green energy in Denmark 

The world’s most climate-friendly policies
Denmark has the most climate-friendly policies in the world, shows The Climate Change Performance Index 2013 which was released at the COP18 in Doha. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent climate-change the United Nations report evaluates the Danish policies as the most efficient on the entire planet.
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One of the world’s largest offshore wind farms
Denmark’s – and one of the world’s – largest offshore wind farms is currently being constructed as part of the decision that within the next eight years, the wind will become Denmark’s biggest electricity supplier. Already now, 30 percent of Danish electricity consumption is covered by wind.
The 111 wind turbines, 141 meter high, will make Denmark into one of the leading countries in the alternative energy field and can provide power for 400,000 households.



IN AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

Why I am interested in Denmark 



Journalist Shravya Jain from India’s largest magazine, India Today, talks about what she believes India can learn from Denmark in regard to sustainability and green energy. Denmark is known for having an environmental consciousness, especially in the area of transportation and food. This, she says, is something India as well should be aware of.



Anil Manibhai Naik, Chairman and Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro Limited, India's largest infrastructure company with over 40,000 employees, talks about sustainability. According to him, sustainability must be a part of every business policy and can be gained through honesty and trustworthiness. Sustainability will then benefit green growth as well as a corporate social responsibility and community service.