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.
Timeline and organisation
Since the first 20 municipalities joined DK2020 in 2019, an additional 75 municipalities have joined in, meaning that virtually all (95) of Denmark’s 98 municipalities are now part of DK2020.
This growth and extension of the program 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.
20 climate action plans are ready for implementation - 75 more are on their way
Green marks the first 20 municipalities to take part in DK2020.
All of these 20 municipalities have now completed their climate action plans. Choose a municipality on the map below to view the municipality's climate action plan.
Blue marks municipalities joining DK2020 from 2020. As the climate action plans are completed, the map will be updated with links.
Purple marks municipalities joining DK2020 from 2021. As the climate action plans are completed, the map will be updated with links.