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In 2019, the first 20 municipalities entered the DK2020 project in an effort to prepare ambitious, local climate plans, leading the way towards zero emissions for each municipality as a geographical area by 2050. 

From September 2020, a shared investment of DKK 45 million from Realdania, Local Government Denmark and the five Danish regions will provide all municipalities across Denmark with the opportunity to participate in the project and develop comparable climate action plans with a level of ambition in line with the Paris Agreement under the headline ‘DK2020 - climate action plans for all of Denmark’.

The tasks of providing advice to municipalities joining DK2020 from 2020 and 2021, and of facilitating their work on developing climate action plans, are being organised in collaboration between the five regions and the municipal contact councils under Local Government Denmark. The green think tank CONCITO is the overall project manager, secretariat and knowledge partner for the project. 

Making history in the fight against climate change

The idea behind DK2020 is to support municipalities in developing, upgrading or adjusting their existing work on climate action to global best practice, and 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.  

Taking local responsibility for achieving the Paris Agreement

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. 

After having published the Deadline2020 report, C40 has set up a global resource centre to help the network’s 94 member cities prepare climate action plans to meet the most ambitious 1.5°C objective in the Paris Agreement. This global and ambitious approach is now to be realised by Danish municipalities through DK2020.

Deadline 2020

About DK2020 - the first 20 municipalities

In 2019, Realdania set up the DK2020 project, through which 20 Danish municipalities have been engaged in a programme that supports the municipalities in developing, upgrading or adjusting their existing work on climate action to global best practice, and ultimately developing climate action plans in line with the 1.5 degree goal in the Paris Agreement. 

The municipal climate action plans will include instructions on how the municipalities can become climate-neutral by no later than 2050 and set ambitious sub-goals for greenhouse-gas reductions. Throughout the process, the 20 municipalities have received technical support and advice from Danish and international experts from C40 and the CONCITO green think-tank, so that the plans live up to the C40 standard for climate action planning.

The first 20 municipalities in DK2020 are Albertslund, Allerød, Assens, Fredericia, Frederiksberg, Frederikshavn, Helsingør, Høje-Taastrup, Jammerbugt, Køge, Lejre, Lemvig, Lolland, Middelfart, Randers, Roskilde, Samsø, Sønderborg, Vejle and Aarhus.

From September 2020, a shared investment of DKK 45 million from Realdania, Local Government Denmark and the five Danish regions will provide all municipalities across Denmark with the opportunity to participate in the project and develop comparable climate action plans with a level of ambition in line with the Paris Agreement.