“Denmark joins more than a hundred places around the world making business-friendly zero carbon commitments as they transition away from fossil fuels….
“Almost completely surrounded by water, the little-known Danish town of Sønderborg is no stranger to flooding from both seawater rising along its coastline and heavy rainfall. With climate change ensuring more of both, Sønderborg is learning to tackle the immediate problems of adapting to a warming world while becoming part of the broader solution.
“Its ProjectZero plan, launched in 2007 as a joint venture between the people, politicians and businesses of Sønderborg, aims to enable the town of approximately 77,000 to become zero carbon by 2029.
““When countries and cities commit to targets backed by plans and scenarios it gives businesses certainty and an indicator of where their investments will be safest and most able to thrive,” says Isabel Bottoms, an author of Who’s Getting Ready for Zero?, a new report from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Track0. “Those on the wrong side of that direction of travel can then also clearly see the need for them to change direction.”
“For Sønderborg itself there is also a range of benefits, adds Paul Allen, project coordinator of the Zero Carbon Britain project, such as a better, more stable economic system, greater equity, increased health and wellbeing, strengthened communities and improved relationships with nature.
“Zero Carbon Sønderborg is just one of more than a hundred examples of scenarios of cities, regions and countries making the transition to low or zero carbon included in the CAT report. According to the report, around 36 cities internationally are known to have decarbonisation targets that range from achieving net zero greenhouse gases to generating 100% energy from renewables by 2022.”
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Photograph: The coastal town of Sønderborg has developed a strategy to go zero carbon by 2029.
Photographer: Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy