A five minute principal
According to Søren Hansen, the new development’s social and sustainability credentials will be underpinned by a so-called ‘five minute principal’, meaning that all facilities can be reached in no more than five minutes – including the school, the daycare facilities, the grocery stores or the metro. The principal will help ensuring a tight-knit and varied urban area.
"The city of Copenhagen's approach to sustainable transportation is to encourage the use of bicycles and public transportation. With this in mind, we are offering local residents alternatives to their car by making sure that it takes no more than five minutes by foot or bicycle to reach public transportation," explained Søren Hansen.
Solar cells and geothermal energy
From an environmental perspective, the CO2-neutral urban area will accommodate energy forms such as district cooling, district heating and geothermal energy, while solar cells will provide electricity. A geothermal energy plant will deliver heat to Nordhavnen and parts of the nearby Østerbro city district. The world's biggest heating storage facility will store surplus heat in the summertime and use the stored energy in the wintertime.
Copenhagen: The world's environmental metropolis
The municipality of Copenhagen is using Nordhavnen as a best practice example of sustainable city planning. The municipality has developed a sustainability tool to use during the process and for associated dialogue. The tool will help establish a common understanding for future sustainable development in Copenhagen.
"The ambition is to make Copenhagen a role model for the sustainable development of cities all over the world. Nordhavnen will contribute to Copenhagen’s status as an environmental metropolis and a leading city in sustainable development – from an economic, social and environmental perspective," said Claus Billehøj, Chief of Section in Municipality of Copenhagen.