Case study – Capital Region of Greater Copenhagen

The primary objective of the Capital Region of Greater Copenhagen is to become the most energy efficient region in Denmark.

denmarkThe way to achieve this is based on cross municipal cooperation and public-private partnerships, which a great emphasis of a shift to renewable energy. The current planning in the municipalities does not ensure a coherent energy planning for major geographic areas and therefore provide risk that municipal energy action plans unwittingly counteract each other, and does not contribute to the effective achievement of this above objective. There is a need for cross-municipal and cross-sectoral planning in the region, and to develop a new practice with focus on creating a long-term, coordinated effort between sectors in the energy and transport system and across public administrations and public or private stakeholders. In other words: a “strategic energy planning”.


The case study elaborated by Gate21 will therefore focus on the implementation of a strategic energy planning at the municipal level in the capital region. The case study for SUSREG training in the capital region and for national dissemination will be “urban and regional planning for renewable energy shifts to make Copenhagen CO2-neutral by 2025” with an emphasis on cross-municipal and cross-sectoral collaboration”. The case study will take a starting point in the Climate Plan of the City of Copenhagen and will through SUSREG inspiration and training be extended to other municipalities in the capital region. The planning process will be improved by SUSREG methods/tools and inspiration will e.g. come from the Netherlands and new Danish municipal guidelines for energy source mapping and analysing. Experience from the Copenhagen case study will subsequently be used in an effort to strengthen knowledge and skills of professional planners in the remaining 28 municipalities, so that there is a very good replication potential. This, with a particular focus on local and cross-municipal energy planning, interdisciplinary collaboration within the local administration and with external stakeholders, including knowledge and skills to engage in public-private partnerships in the area.