Can cities find sustainable solutions in Copenhagen?

 EIT Climate-KIC this week (23 May) hosts the Sustainable Urban Solutions conference in Copenhagen, as part of the Clean Energy Ministerial.  

The conference, which expects around 400 guests, poses cities as the change makers driving the green transition. City representatives will present sustainability challenges they are facing to those with the solutions – service providers and experts – in a co-creation workshop that will look to initiate innovation and foster Public Private Partnerships.

Ahead of the event, we asked three participants What sustainability challenge has your city faced, and what do you expect to learn from others at Sustainable Urban Solutions Conference?’


Boris Schønfeldt , Vejle Kommune, Denmark Our challenge is to preserve and improve the green and liveable city while still finding room for increased amounts of everyday traffic and occasional heavy rains. The project in Vejle, “Klimaboulevarden – the Climate Boulevard”, is about how we can transform a central traffic artery to also transport rainwater at peak times and still be an attractive urban area for the local schools and residents. We hope to meet creative people with knowledge on blue and green solutions that can inspire us with new and innovative ideas.  


KaisaKaisa Spilling, Development Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki The city of Helsinki launched a Carbon Neutral Helsinki program in March 2018. The targets of the Smart Kalasatama district and roadmap also implement and advance the recently updated and tightened climate targets of the city to become carbon neutral by 2035, with 60 per cent total emission reduction by 2035 compared to 1990 level. We are eager to hear what kind of initiative other districts have under progress, and how they aim to reach their cities’ climate targets.  


edward johnEdward John, Senior Project Manager, Housing and Urban Services, City of Hamilton We’re seeing a lot of pressure on our affordable housing stock. We’ve got towers nearing the end of their lifecycle and we are desperate to maintain their affordable rent. We are looking to the open innovation conference to see what we can do with true deep retrofits, building a business case and the capacity, so that when we look at developing affordable housing in Hamilton, we do it in a manner that is long term, provides significant environmental improvement and also improves living conditions. As well as a sustainable business model, because of the vulnerable population, we’re also looking at really effective stakeholder engagement – how best to speak to housing providers, tenants and businesses – to make this case. Another thing are circular economy solutions, looking at the materials used in deep retrofitting, and their lifecycles. How can we get the capacity to install and get best bang for buck for these deep retrofits, and the stream of expertise and technology to implement it? We have a lot of buildings that could benefit, so it’s a scalable and repeatable model. Once we have success stories, and we build a business case and the capacity to get this done, we’re confident it is going to be repeated numerous times. We’re tossing the ball out to partners, we’ve got potential funding, but we need ‘the how’ to be nailed down to make the compelling argument. We have the motivation, we just need the information.  


Do you think you could help unlock affordable and sustainable housing in Hamilton? We’re looking to engage innovators, companies and other relevant stakeholders who work with the concrete challenges facing Hamilton’s urban renewal. Apply here by 22 June.

 
Location
Related Focus Area
Urban Transitions
Related Goal
Goal 2: Create green, resilient cities
Articles you may be interested in
In The News
Five EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Global Cleantech 100

Five EIT Climate-KIC supported innovative ventures included in the...

Five EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Global Cleantech 100
In The News
The journey to zero-emissions transport – part three

The transport sector already accounts for a quarter of...

The journey to zero-emissions transport – part three
In The News
The journey to zero-emissions transport – part two

The transport sector already accounts for a quarter of...

The journey to zero-emissions transport – part two
In The News
The journey to zero-emissions transport – part one

The transport sector already accounts for a quarter of...

The journey to zero-emissions transport – part one
In The News
Malaysia and Estonia win Climathon Global Awards at ChangeNOW summit

The city of Penang, Malaysia, and a team of...

Malaysia and Estonia win Climathon Global Awards at ChangeNOW summit
Opinion
Redesigning venture capital (part III): A hypothesis
Dominic Hofstetter Transformation Capital, EIT Climate-KIC
Redesigning venture capital (part III): A hypothesis
Opinion
The Long Time
Beatrice Pembroke & Ella Saltmarshe Co-founders, The Long Time Project
The Long Time
In our community
Mariana Mazzucato on big-picture, high-ambition innovation missions
Mariana Mazzucato on big-picture, high-ambition innovation missions
In The News
Circular Cars Initiative launched at WEF Davos

The Circular Cars Initiative (CCI), supported by EIT Climate-KIC,...

Circular Cars Initiative launched at WEF Davos
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC CEO selected as a top expert to advise the European Commission

Yesterday, the European Commission announced EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten...

EIT Climate-KIC CEO selected as a top expert to advise the European Commission
In our community
Net zero requires just, inclusive and radical transformations
Net zero requires just, inclusive and radical transformations
In Detail
New report: Is Germany ready for the future?

E3G´s new report “Is Germany ready for the future? The case for action in a climate-changed world.”, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, finds that Germany...

New report: Is Germany ready for the future?
Opinion
Redesigning venture capital (part II): A blueprint
Dominic Hofstetter Transformation Capital, EIT Climate-KIC
Redesigning venture capital (part II): A blueprint
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC’s work in Slovenia

Last November, the Slovenian parliament passed a motion to...

EIT Climate-KIC’s work in Slovenia
In The News
Slovenia adopts EIT Climate-KIC Circular, Regenerative Economies Deep Demonstr...

The Slovenian parliament passed a motion to adopt an...

Slovenia adopts EIT Climate-KIC Circular, Regenerative Economies Deep Demonstration
In our community
Cities in a 1.5 degree world: What is there to learn from Leuven’s May...
Cities in a 1.5 degree world: What is there to learn from Leuven’s Mayor Ridouani?
In our community
Slovenia adopts EIT Climate-KIC circular economy proposal: Q&A with Kirs...
Slovenia adopts EIT Climate-KIC circular economy proposal: Q&A with Kirsten Dunlop
Innovation Spotlight
Elemental Water Makers’ solar desalination an asset as climate change ...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Elemental Water Makers is a water desalination scale-up that’s transforming water systems by enabling...

Elemental Water Makers’ solar desalination an asset as climate change threatens clean water
Innovation Spotlight
Zolar’s household solar kit is democratising the energy sector

Energy production and consumption are the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union, accounting for 80 per cent...

Zolar’s household solar kit is democratising the energy sector
In our community
Interview with policy and governance innovation experts at Madrid and Basque...
Interview with policy and governance innovation experts at Madrid and Basque Country Universities
In The News
COP25: Measurement and attribution of climate contribution to financiers

With the carbon costs of travel in mind, key...

COP25: Measurement and attribution of climate contribution to financiers
In The News
COP25: Madrid city side event

With the carbon costs of travel in mind, key...

COP25: Madrid city side event
In our community
Interview about Futures Literacy with Riel Miller, Head of Foresight at UNES...
Interview about Futures Literacy with Riel Miller, Head of Foresight at UNESCO
In The News
COP25: Climate leader insights

With the carbon costs of travel in mind, key...

COP25: Climate leader insights
In The News
OpenSurface land-use tracking platform launches at COP25

Pioneering AI, satellite and ground-sourced data technology drives more...

OpenSurface land-use tracking platform launches at COP25
In The News
COP25: Towards the systemic transformation

With the carbon costs of travel in mind, key...

COP25: Towards the systemic transformation
In The News
Helsinki launches Climate Watch to track city’s emission reductions

The City of Helsinki recently launched the ‘Climate Watch’,...

Helsinki launches Climate Watch to track city’s emission reductions
Opinion
Moments matter*
Michelle Zucker Director, Community Activation, EIT Climate-KIC
Moments matter*
In The News
Naked Energy secures €6.17 million in funding

Naked Energy, an EIT Climate-KIC supported solar energy startup...

Naked Energy secures €6.17 million in funding
In The News
First European cluster accelerator programme launched in Frankfurt

How to take clusters to the next level and...

First European cluster accelerator programme launched in Frankfurt