Proud to be a role model for ProjectZero
Mr. Frode Sørensen, Chairman of the city council Commission for Technical and Environment, is proud of the result and the municipality´s role as a role model for Sonderborg´s ProjectZero.
The municipality of Sonderborg is a core partner of ProjectZero. Because of this, it is very satisfactory, that we have reached the milestone of a 50% reduction in carbon emission five years ahead of schedule. The great result is in partly due to the conversion to green energy supply, but also due to targeted investments in energy efficiency in municipal buildings, Frode Sørensen says.
Focus and investments have created the result
The conversion of energy production is primarily achieved through greener electricity and greener district heating. The energy consumption in municipal buildings is responsible for ¾ of carbon emission, which is why focus has been on this area, and in the years of 2009-2016, 164 million DKK have been invested in energy optimisation and installing solar panels on municipal buildings. Besides that, street lighting has been converted to LED lighting. The street lighting project was completed during summer 2016.
Carbon emission reductions for the entire Sonderborg area accounts for 35%
It is important to stress that, the 50% reduction is regarding the carbon emission of the entire Sonderborg area – but “only” the municipal own activity as a company, deriving from energy consumption of municipal buildings, street lighting, and municipal transportation. The overall carbon emission from the entire Sonderborg area, including emissions from private residences, companies, transportation etc. was reduced by 35% during 2007 - 2015.
Further information can be achieved from climate coordinator Lene Sternsdorf, tel. +45 2790 6636.