By Sarah Katz og Kristine Barenholdt Bruun
Climate solutions were centre stage this week, when the Copenhagen Climate Solutions conference brought together national and international experts, speakers and city stakeholders. On the backdrop of Copenhagen’s Climate Plan, the debates reflected the urban challenges and achievements in the global climate area.
Five cities present Smart Cases
One session focused on Smart Cities. Five cities (among these Amsterdam and Aarhus) each presented a smart city case from their home, and a panel of city experts gave advice, feedback and insights into placing the cases in a global context of Connecting Communities. Henrik Seiding, Executive Director, Ramboll Management Consulting, who was part of the panel, said:
”It was great to hear that front-runner cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, and Vejle all see smart technologies as a means to achieving more livability and higher resilience. All cities showed strong visions and demonstrated a holistic approach to planning how to bridge the technical and welfare domains of the cities.”
Henrik Seiding was impressed with the innovation and insights that the smart city cases were testament to:
“Especially Aarhus gave some excellent examples on how to interact and co-create with citizens and investors through their newly formed Liveable City Lab”, he said.
Cooperation between cities on how to tackle the challenge of Climate Change adaptation was a central issue throughout the conference. The focus on innovation and international solutions was demonstrated with case studies on how companies, cities, and citizens can work together in this co-creation process:
“We sometimes take for granted that cities work together on climate solutions”, said C40 regional director, Simon Kjær.
As a good example of valuable collaboration, the partnership between Copenhagen and New York was highlighted. New York is inspired by the scale of Copenhagen’s blue-green infrastructure and the city’s department of environmental protection has selected Ramboll to analyse whether similar solutions can also pay off in the biggest city in the US.
New York City has been studying the climate adaptation work Ramboll and other consultants have done for the City of Copenhagen, especially blue-green infrastructure projects where rainwater is retained and used on the surface for water areas in parks and other places instead of being allowed to overload the sewage system. New York can use some of the same tools.
"We combine our technical and socio-economic competences in order to support New York in their efforts on climate adaptation and blue-green infrastructure," said Christian Nyerup Nielsen, Global Service Line Leader for Climate Adaptation and Flood-Risk Management in Ramboll.