Nordhavn, a project aiming to create ‘the sustainable city of the future’, has joined C40’s Climate Positive Development Program, bringing the City of Copenhagen into a global network of cities committed to carbon neutral development. With this addition, Climate Positive now convenes 18 cutting-edge urban development projects that serve as living laboratories for sustainable solutions in cities around the world.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Nordhavn project and the City of Copenhagen,” says Zach Tofias, Director of the Climate Positive Development Program and Network. “With its track record of leadership on sustainability issues, and a strong vision and ambition for the Nordhavn project as an exemplar for future development in the city, Copenhagen has much to offer fellow Climate Positive project and city participants.”

Climate Positive encourages holistic planning and synergistic strategies by focusing on operational carbon emissions from three main sources: transportation, energy and waste. Nordhavn is no exception. A harbor area 2.5 miles from Copenhagen’s urban center, the project provides a unique opportunity to trial large-scale environmental solutions including new and renewable energy technologies, sustainable transport, and innovative building design. Furthermore, it will serve as a testing ground for key partnerships between government institutions, utility companies, corporations, and universities.

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Artist's rendering of the Nordhavn Project at completion. Source: City of Copenhagen

Specifically, Nordhavn’s strategy is based on six themes that the City of Copenhagen has identified for the sustainable city of the future:

1) “islets and canals” to connect inhabitants with dynamic natural landscapes;
2) “identity and history” to highlight existing landmarks and link future development efforts to past land use;
3) “five-minute city” to ensure no more than a five-minutes-walk to public transportation;
4) “blue and green city” to integrate water and green landscapes and provide opportunities for a multitude of activities;
5) “energy supply of the future” to focus on local renewable energy sources and collective solutions;

“It is our hope by joining the Climate Positive Development Program to exchange knowledge and experiences with other state-of-the-art projects around the globe and thereby contribute to make cities more sustainable,” said Claus Bjørn Billehøj, Head of Finance Administration Division, Centre for Urban Development in the City of Copenhagen.

The Nordhavn project will play an important role in informing and advancing Copenhagen’s long-term objective to become the first carbon neutral capital city in the world – and in so doing, to drive economic growth. In August, 2012, the Copenhagen City Council adopted the CPH 2025 Climate Plan providing a road map that positions the city’s carbon neutrality effort as a catalyst for green growth in the city.

The C40 Climate Positive Development Program was launched in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the US Green Building Council. Click here for more information.