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Copenhagen sets new standard for green agendas

Copenhagen has set a new international standard as a sustainable destination, with Wonderful Copenhagen named the world’s first certified Green Tourism Organization. The certification supports the destinations that do something extraordinary for sustainability.

The Danish capital has long been synonymous with green credentials. The city is a frontrunner in adopting sustainable solutions, with a goal of being the first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025.

Its CleanTech cluster is a hub for green investment and innovation, encompassing smart city and smart grid, renewable energy, water and waste management as well as recycling and upcycling technologies.

Some 10 per cent of industrial employees in Denmark are in green jobs. More than 250 companies, including Cisco and Hitachi, are involved in smart city activities in Greater Copenhagen. In recent years, more than 30% of all EU Smart Grid R&D projects have taken place in Denmark.

Copenhagen’s strong biotech, chemical and agricultural science industries mean it excels in the latest technologies supporting carbon mitigation, including the world’s highest annual gross domestic expenditure on R&D within hydrogen and fuel cells.

The famously bike-friendly city is also making further strides in supporting green transportation – including tax exemption for green cars.

Those wanting to convene a sustainable meeting in the city are already at an advantage – nearly 70% of the hotel rooms in Copenhagen are eco-certified, and many of the city’s convention venues are Green Key certified, including the two largest venues Bella Center and Tivoli Congress Center.

The city of Copenhagen and Copenhagen CVB is ranked second in the sustainability ranking for event destinations worldwide, the Global Destination Sustainability Index; and Wonderful Copenhagen recently launched ‘Tourism for Good’, a strategy to address sustainable tourism from an environmental, social and economic perspective.

Kit Lykketoft, Director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen, says: “We are really proud to be the first certified Green Tourism Organization. It’s close to our hearts for tourism in Copenhagen to contribute to sustainable development both locally and globally and contribute to UN’s 17 Sustainability Development Goals. Copenhagen is already amongst the most sustainable congress cities in the world and with this certification Wonderful Copenhagen makes good on our pledge to be leading by example.”

Copenhagen’s green agenda has been a major factor in the city winning the international C40 Mayors summit in autumn 2019, an important climate conference featuring more than 1,000 representatives from the 96 most environmentally-conscious cities.

“There is no doubt that cities around the world play an important role in fighting climate change and that the C40 Mayors Summit provides a platform and an opportunity for cities to discuss and explore new solutions. For Copenhagen to be chosen as host for this event is a testament to the city’s position as a frontrunner for green solutions and I am confident that it will provide the perfect backdrop for the summit,” adds Lykketoft.

The new Green Tourism Organizations certification has been established by HORESTA together with the NGO Danish Outdoor Council, and includes assessment on around 140 different criteria.

 

(via Copenhagen CVB, Copenhagen Capacity)