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100 climate solutions from Danish Municipalities


Rudersdal Municipality has reached its goal of reducing CO2 by focusing on changing the students' behavior and optimizing energy.

By combining energy-saving technologies with behavioral change, CO2 emissions have been cut by 20% over a five-year period from 2009 to 2013 in the municipality’s school buildings. The behavioral aspect of the project consisted partly of upskilling the technical service managers and partly of influencing school students. To maximize the impact on the users cross- sectoral cooperation was established between the people in charge of energy at the property management department and the school sector.


The schools have focused on educating students about how their actions affect the climate. The pupils themselves have taken an active role, developing ideas and concepts to create a better understanding of energy-efficient behavior. In this way, the students have become “energy consultants”, capable of improving energy behavior in homes by providing good advice.

Ruderdal Municipality has reduced its CO2 emissions by combining two projects focusing on optimizing energy and behavioral change.

The municipality has now expanded the project to target the young, elderly and disabled. In addition, the municipality has chosen to continue the project and set a target of achieving a further 15% CO2 reduction by 2021. The project started as an ESCO project, a financing model whereby energy renovations are paid off by future energy savings, guaranteed by the supplier.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Sustainable Cities and Communities

These efforts streamline the use of resources and create an instantly more sustainable city, via technical upgrades and long-term behavioral changes.

Sustainable Consumption and Production

By educating and influencing students' behavior, the municipality helps promote sustainable consumption habits.

Partnerships for the Goals

The project has been carried out in collaboration between the con- tracting company NCC and the municipality. The good results are based on the involvement of citizens and users.