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Copenhagen - Ecometropole

Copenhagen - Ecometropole

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ECO-METROPOLE
OUR VISIONFOR COPENHAGEN 2015
 
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ow, in 2007, Copenhagen has already defined itself as the environmental capital of Europe. With thisenvironmental initiative, Copenhagen will show globalleadership in the environmental field. This is an imperativefor good quality of life, for future generations and for thesurvival of the animal kingdom. And also because Copenha-gen can create a global difference by leading by example.We are setting a long-term goal for development until2015 because we would like Copenhagen to be an inspi-rational example. Copenhagen will demonstrate to other capitals how a greener urban environment can enhance thequality of life in practical terms. This will be to the advan- tage of the citizens both of our city and the world. It willbe to the advantage of current and future generations.Copenhagen will be at the forefront of all major cities in terms of environmental initiatives in all areas. More thanever before, the environment will be pivotal for Copenha-gen’s culture, urban life and identity.Copenhagen will be a major city which lives and breathesbecause of its concern for the environment, not in spiteof it. The municipality will lead the way and its citizens willcontribute actively to improving the environment through their daily activities.
OUR VISION
IN 2015 COPENHAGEN WILL BE JUSTIFIABLYFAMOUS AS THE CAPITAL CITY INTHE WORLD WITH THE BEST URBANENVIRONMENT. IT WILL HAVE BECOME THEECO-METROPOLE OF THE WORLD,THUS DEMONSTRATING THATENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN ADDS ANEXTRA DYNAMIC TO URBAN DEVELOPMENT.COPENHAGENERS AND VISITING GUESTSWILL BE ABLE TO SEE AND APPRECIATETHE IMPROVEMENTS, WHILE AT THESAME TIME THE CITY WILL BE SHARINGACTIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR GLOBALENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT.
Copenhageners will be proud to live in their city because they value a good environment in Copenhagen and glo-bally, and because they can see that they and their city areboth contributing to it. Everyone can contribute, on a largescale or small. Everyone who makes a difference will berecognised for it.Copenhagen will be a capital city which attracts businesslife because companies and their staff will be keen to bepart of an environmental success in a growth area.The world will come to Copenhagen to see how to cre-ate modern environmental policies in the 21st century.Copenhagen will become a capital where visitors to thecity experience a green and safe urban environment,returning home with an understanding of how environ-mental concern can, in practice, support a dynamic urbandevelopment.We will rethink environmental policy, make Copenhagenan even better place to be and place Eco-metropoleCopenhagen on the world map.
Such is our vision.
 
ACTION
WE WILL SET AMBITIOUS AND BINDING NEWGOALS FOR 2015; WE WILL SUPPORT OUR WORDS WITH ACTIONS; WE WILL ACHIEVETHOSE GOALS THROUGH CONCRETE ANDVISIBLE INITIATIVES.
V
isions require actions to become reality. Copenhagenhas already demonstrated its capacity to back up itswords with actions. It is a city at a very positive develop-mental stage. Economic growth has been followed by localurban renewal in certain localities and even the creation of whole new districts.At the same time, Copenhagen is a leading city in theenvironmental field: Copenhageners are among the mostenvironmentally conscious citizens in the whole world.Development and the environment go hand in hand.Copenhagen is well known for the windmills on Middel-grund, an area just outside the harbour of Copenhagen.We have one of the biggest district heating systems in theworld: 97% of households are connected to it. Superfluousheat produced when generating electricity is reused for heating instead of being ejected into the sea. Energy is thusused twice over and CO
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reduced.Since the 1990s we have had one of the world’s bestwaste management systems. Today, we reuse about 90% of all building waste and incinerate about 75% of householdwaste. The energy from burning waste material is used for electricity and district heating. This system is now beinguniversally copied.In spite of strong economic growth, we have succeeded inholding water and energy consumption at a constant level.We protect our drinking water and buy increasing quanti- ties of ecological food products. If anbody had said tenyears ago that it would have been possible today to swim – or fish for cod – in Copenhagen Harbour, most peoplewould have shaken their head in disbelief!Ambitious visions demand ambitious actions; but we havean excellent starting point. This is not the first time Co-penhagen has taken the lead but we must now advancewith even more determination for the benefit of both thepopulation and the environment.Before 2010, the Municipality of Copenhagen will have taken decisions about at least 10 Star Initiatives. By this wemean highly visible, pivotal and concrete improvements af-fecting the environment of Copenhagen.Large-scale environmental initiatives are not new withinCopenhagen. For example, we decided to allocate
5m toimprove conditions for cyclists, with an additional
11m re-cently over a four-year period. Some years ago, we opened the first swimming pool in the harbour.The new aspect of this is that we will significantly intensify our input into more and better environmental initiatives.Star Initiatives will at the same time be supported by abroad spectrum of concrete and effective ’down-to-earth’projects, including in the forthcoming Agenda 21 plan for  the period 2008-2012.

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