Three Danish cities at the forefront of green transition


Three Danish cities have been selected to participate at the Cities Mission organised by European Commission. Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sønderborg are among 100 EU cities that will receive significant funding to start the innovation journey towards climate neutrality by 2030.

The selected cities will benefit from tailored guidance and help from dedicated Mission Platform run by NetZeroCities, as well as new funding and financing opportunities. They will also be given a chance to participate in other significant innovation actions and pilot projects.

Mayor of Sønderborg Erik Lauritzen stated on social media: “Among hundreds of applicants from all over Europe – and mostly the larger cities – Sønderborg municipality has been selected as one of the 100 most ambitious climate municipalities. This is a huge recognition of the determined work we have done in Sønderborg”.

Sønderborg is a small town in South Jutland located near the Danish-German border. The city is, however, well-known for its ambitious environmental goals and a strong focus on sustainability. ProjectZero, one of the most notable local initiatives, aims to transform Sønderborg into a CO2-neutral area while also generating economic growth and green jobs.

‘’The nomination makes us a role model in the EU and we get access to knowledge and capital. This is amazing and just gives us even more faith that we can achieve the goal and realise the Masterplan we have laid out for the next 7 years,’’ mayor Lauritzen also stated.

Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, will have the chance to step up its climate game and become one of Europe’s sustainability and green transition leaders.

Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard stated on social media: ‘’Green transformation is high on the agenda across Europe, but frontrunners are needed to set even higher targets and lead the way. That’s why Aarhus has today been selected by the EU to be one of 100 climate neutral and smart cities by 2030.’’

‘’This is fantastic news and a great boost for climate action in Aarhus!’’ mayor Bundsgaard concluded. (photo credit: Akitada31/Pixabay)