By Jesper Toft Madsen, November 2015
How and where can cities gain inspiration from each other?
Climate changes are not restricted by administrative barriers between municipalities or geographical borders. Networks like C40 represent a great opportunity for cities to exchange ideas, facilitate knowledge and copy solutions – from finance, economic development and planning to climate adaptation and water, energy, waste management and transport.
How can the world’s megacities learn from small Danish communities?
The Compact of Mayors initiative has created a common platform for cities and municipalities to measure and report on emissions. For the first time, decision makers will have access to a comprehensive overview of highly comparable climate data and very detailed information about city emissions and efforts. By following the development over time, a city official in a small Danish town can learn how a project works in an Asian city with a multimillion population and vice-versa, because they report by the same protocol and principles.
Denmark is a small country, and we will never have megacities. But knowledge is our raw material, and Danish communities are among the global frontrunners in reporting emissions and setting clear climate goals. This new platform enables them to export their expertise and experiences to cities that have only just begun their carbon reduction journey.