The idea behind DK2020 is to support municipalities all over Denmark in developing, upgrading or adjusting their existing work on climate action to global best practice, and in ultimately developing climate action plans in line with the 1.5 degree goal in the Paris Agreement. This means that the climate action plans must show the way towards local climate neutrality in 2050 – or sooner. 

The climate action plans will comply with the Climate Action Planning Framework developed by the C40 cities network. DK2020 marks the first time this ambitious international standard is adapted and applied for use in smaller cities and municipalities – which means that the DK2020 municipalities are not just developing local climate action plans, but in fact also making history in the global fight against climate change. 

Learn more about the Climate Action Planning Framework (CAPF)

Timeline and organisation

An extension of the programme was made possible in 2020 when Realdania formed a partnership with Local Government Denmark and the five Danish regions – ensuring DK2020 a total funding of DKK 45 mill (appr. €6 mio.) that made it possible to invite all Danish municipalities to join.

Simultaneously, five geographical organizations with specialist competencies were established to provide advice and consultancy on a regional level. From the beginning in 2019, C40 and green think tank CONCITO have assisted as knowledge partners and project secretariat.    

96 climate actions plans to explore - and two more on the way

Green marks the municipalities that have now completed their climate action plans. Choose a municipality on the map below to view the municipality's climate action plan. 

Grey marks municipalities with climate action plans underway.

As the climate action plans are completed and approved, the map will be updated with links.

The DK2020 project is based on the Deadline 2020 report, published by the international C40 cities network and the consultancy firm Arup in 2016 following the Paris Agreement. The report sets a global standard for how cities and municipalities can contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. It also points out that up to 40% of the goals in the Paris Agreement can be reached by implementing the right climate measures in the world’s cities and municipalities.