carbon neutral cpenhagen is a good model
I live in Copenhagen Denmark, and what you just saw, is absolute BS. There is no such thing as a sustainable business, or an sustainable city. BS from front cover to back cover. As long as there is money, profit and debt, sustainable is not the word to use. It is also funny to see a person as R. Quest trying to move from "the most profitable moment" to "Sustainable business", a move that is failing biiig time, but i guess CNN nor Quest can see it yet, but they will, as money is failing on every level.
Ehm, you got any sources for that? I live in Copenhagen as well, and enjoy the initiatives (bicycle friendly, green areas, wind energy etc.). Of course it's all about profit: Saving energy is simply good business – with the added bonus of boosting your brand.
At http://www.cphx.dk/index.php?id=230243 you can find statistics and a detailed plan for how they plan to achieve this goal. It's in Danish, but Google Translate might be able to help out curious souls from abroad.
@ Jesper Rbe
I think that it is premature to discard the perspective that sustainable business is a possible path to future growth. Denmark has the highest export of energy technology in the EU compared to our GDP (almost 10 percent!). The wind energy sector alone employs some 25.000 workers and contribute 46.2 billion DKK (6,2 billion Euros) to Danish exports (http://www.windpower.org/en/news/news.html#719)
The ambitious policy of the Municipality of Copenhagen show the way for the transition of Denmark to become independent of coal, oil and gas in 2050, as stated in the Danish government Energy Strategy 2050. The vision of the Energy Strategy and the essence of Copenhagenization' is that the being green will bolster growth and
Wealth, i.e. "The transition will strengthen companies’ opportunities for innovation and demonstration of new green
solutions. This will improve the opportunities of Danish companies in a rapidly growing global market for energy
That is exactly what it is – an ambitious goal – and not a vision :-)
The municipality is working very hard to succeed, and you can read about the work being done as well as the results of the effort at http://www.kk.dk/climate
In 2009 a climate plan 2015 was approved, including 50 initiatives – where of 42 have been initiated already now. Unfortunately, initiatives regarding greening the energy supply are at the moment waiting for the parliament to agree on a new energy policy (as the current Energy Policy expires in 2011).
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