Naestved goes green
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The municipality not only puts a lot of efforts to become more environmentally friendly but the City Council has pushed green issues high on the agenda. In the past two months Næstved has signed two agreements in which the municipality as a business and as a geographic area commits to further reduce CO2 emissions and to act for a more sustainable future. These pacts are: the Danish Society for Nature Conservation Climate Community Agreement and The Covenant of Mayors of European cities.
In 2008 the City Council adopted a climate strategy and just last month (Sep.09) the municipality launched a Climate Action Plan for 2009-2030 which guides Næstved towards a sustainable energy future reducing dramatically the municipality's overall energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions from current levels, while meeting the needs of present and future generations. Some of the ambitious goals of the Action Plan are to reduce the CO2 emissions by 30% by the year 2020 and by 50% by 2030.
There is no doubt that Næstved is actively joining the fight against climate change. Here follows some of the many projects which the municipality has made or participates in:
- Mapping and measuring CO2 emissions
- Green Building Exhibition
- National energy competition
- Energy efficiency program for municipal buildings
- Energy efficiency program for municipal vehicles
- International Climate Conference
- Waste heat community energy program
- Wind energy planning
- ...and many more.
Mayor Henning Jensen says: "To act in a climate friendly way should not be a burden but a challenge and an opportunity; an opportunity to develop our local community in a more sustainable way, to attract not only different types of educational institution but also innovative businesses and new citizens. But it is also an opportunity to develop new competence and knowledge. Well, in other words: to think and act in a climate friendly way gives the challenge and the opportunity to make Næstved Municipality a better place to live".
renewable sources of energy
Objectives of the Good Practice
to become more environmentally friendly by adopting a climate strategy and elaboration of projects against climate change
Participants of the Good Practice
Funding of the Good Practice
More Details of the Good Practice
Ms Maria Santana
Data sources and references
Baltic Cities Bulletin 2/2009