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Denmark’s capital and surrounding municipalities have entered into a partnership with local utilities to create a fossil fuel-free energy supply.

In the project Energy Across (Energi på Tværs), 33 municipalities, the Capital Region of Denmark, and nine utility companies have entered into a partnership with the purpose of coordinating and collaborating on the energy transition in the capital region through strategic planning.

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MUNICIPALITIES PARTICIPATE IN THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Their vision is for the entire region’s electricity and heat supply to be fossil-free by 2035, and the transport sector to be fossil-free by 2050. The partnership has been established in recognition of the fact that achieving these ambitious goals requires a holistic, coordinated approach.

The project and the broad collaboration involved will lead to a massive reduction of CO2 emissions in the capital region.

The joint framework accelerates and strengthens the green transition, as increased cooperation will reduce the number of sub-optimal investments and inefficient solutions. To ensure that both municipalities and utility companies get a competency boost, knowledge sharing has been key to the project. If the targets are reached by 2050, the region will have achieved an annual reduction equivalent to 9.2 million tonnes of CO2.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Clean Water and Sanitation

The project will provide 100% renewable electricity and heating by 2035. Additionally, the project focuses on efficiency in order to reduce the region's energy consumption.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

The project strengthens resource efficiency, reduces negative environmental impact locally, and ensures more sustainable urban development, transportation and waste management.

Partnerships for the Goals

The project's broad and horizontal cooperation between the region, municipalities and utility companies promotes knowledge sharing and makes the actors’ efforts more efficient and standardized.