How Copenhagen Became One of the Most Sustainable Cities in the World

Superkilen Park, Copenhagen, Denmark
Superkilen Park, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Daniele Salutari on Unsplash

Copenhagen, Denmark is a sustainability aficionado’s dream. As one of the most sustainable and energy-efficient cities in the world, they are showing that eco-living is possible with proper infrastructure and systems put in place. Copenhagen has done a lot to become more sustainable and energy efficient, as it certainly didn’t happen overnight. Here are just some of the features that make this city so impressive.

Bike Infrastructure

One of the most significant investments Copenhagen made to become a more sustainable city was the extensive system of bike paths that were built. The infrastructure has made biking so accessible that it quickly became the most frequent method of transportation for everyday travel. This drastically reduces carbon emissions because there are less cars on the road.

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

You might be surprised at how much the heating and cooling system a city uses has an impact on its carbon footprint. It reduces the amount of energy lost in transportation by altering the city’s heating and cooling system to be more localized and energy efficient.

Urban Development

Copenhagen has also learned the importance of conserving green space within the city. Other than aesthetics, keeping green spaces in a city helps with regulating city temperatures.