Cities around the world are being badly hit by the effects of climate change as extreme temperatures and flooding threaten the living conditions, and even lives, of their citizens. Learning from each other about climate adaptation and mitigation is the best way forward, advocates Frank Jensen, mayor of Copenhagen
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Energy Cities, a European association of local authorities, estimates a city will need between €1 billion and €3 billion to reach net zero emissions by 2050
Cooperation and social justice are at the heart of plans by the historic university city of Leuven, Belgium to become carbon neutral, as is the radical idea of giving owners no choice but to energy-renovate their homes
The deep retrofit of the Empire State Building showcases efficient use of energy, but more will be needed
Inspiring architects to make buildings green and good looking
A goal to become the first carbon neutral capital city as early as 2025 is at least partly dependent on Denmark’s new national government throwing its weight behind Copenhagen’s aspirations
Sixty-two per cent of people living in Copenhagen cycle to work or school, pedalling 1.44 million kilometres every day. The city has invested more than €40 per head in bike infrastructure
Even if many cities are finding it a challenge to meet decarbonisation targets, they have made progress over the last decade and are becoming increasingly ambitious
Architects in Copenhagen are creating islands to offer a new way for inhabitants and visitors to explore their connection to the city's coastal waters
The economic argument for switching from diesel to electric is gaining strength
Despite the massive amount of solar power output in Europe this summer and the technology’s falling prices, building owners are still reluctant to put panels on their roofs. Tübingen, Germany is introducing legislation to force change