Copenhagen combines growth and quality of life in a carbon neutral capital

by Erasmo Carlos Battistella

The restructuring of urban mobility is one of the pillars of the effort in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, to reduce CO2 consumption. The commitment is part of the bold, but feasible, CPH Climate Plan 2025, which makes the city the world’s first carbon neutral capital until 2025.

CPH 2025 is based on these pillars:
• energy consumption,
• production of energy,
• mobility
• and public management initiatives.

The goals set for all four pillars are essential to the overall objective of carbon neutrality.

The city of Copenhagen is responsible for mitigating the effects of climate change and showing that it is possible to combine growth, development and a better quality of life with lower CO2 emissions.

The biggest challenge involves mobility, considering all types of travel, to all parts of the city, in an easy, healthy and efficient way. It is necessary to guarantee this condition considering that most of the emissions come from urban traffic.

According to the document (see the link below for the full document), a goal was created that by 2025, at least 75% of all urban mobility would be easily performed – on foot or by bicycle – and using transport public. Also according to the plan, 20 to 30% of all light vehicles must work with new fuels, like 40% of heavy vehicles.

I am sure that the advanced biofuel combined with the adoption of the hybrid car is the best solution for this plan to be successful.


I believe that HVO is an advanced biofuel that represents an important step in the search for a sustainable fuel for today’s world. Produced with clean methods (with less CO2 used), from animal fat residues, used cooking oils and vegetable oils, HVO goes “straight to the tank”, without the need for investments in engines. It can be used in old, current and new vehicles, in addition to using the same supply networks available.

This is also helping the climate with low transition investment.

That is why I am sure that HVO will be a fundamental alternative to these projects for the transformation of large sustainable cities in the world in the short term.


Copenhagen is part of the C40, a network of megacities in the world committed to climate change. The initiative supports cities to share knowledge and conduct meaningful, measurable and sustainable actions on climate change. A very wide source of information for those who are interested in the topic and want to know good experiences practiced in the main cities of the world. In Brazil, these cities are part of the network: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Salvador.

Check the CPH 2025 Climate Plan

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