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In 2007, the north Danish city of Frederikshavn set itself the ambitious goal of becoming the first European city to rely solely on renewable energy – and to achieve this by 2015. The pioneering Energibyen (‘Energy City’) initiative aims to create a 100% renewable energy system by tapping multiple energy sources rather than only one. It will offer green growth opportunities which are expected to have a significant positive impact on the city’s economic attractiveness and development.

Executive summary

In 2007, the North-Danish city of Frederikshavn set itself the ambitious goal of becoming the first European city to rely solely on renewable energy – and to achieve this by 2015. Renewables include wind, solar (thermal and photovoltaic), hydro-electric and tidal power as well as geothermal energy and biomass. It is by using a number of these sources, not just one, that the pioneering Energibyen (‘Energy City’) initiative aims to reach its 100%-renewable goal. It will offer green growth opportunities which are expected to have a significant positive impact on the city’s economic attractiveness and development.

The project gives priority to large energy infrastructure investments with positive spin-offs for the local economy and labour market, as well as to the involvement of local communities and citizens. As part of the initiative, a new digital modelling and visualisation tool has been developed to handle the complexity of such a 100% renewable energy system. This was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, with some 2 480 000 DKK (€333 365) provided between 2007 and 2011. It now forms the basis for strategic investment and scenario planning for the city’s new energy supply and consumption model.

Frederikshavn’s ‘Energy City’ initiative highlights the importance of local contributions to achieving global goals and to encouraging lasting climate and energy improvements. It shows how a large number of activities can work together to create a 100% renewable energy supply system. It is also about sowing an idea in the local population and raising awareness about energy and climate change.

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Technical information

Title

The 100% renewable city

Member State and Region

Denmark, Nordjylland

Duration of project

45 months (10.2007 – 06.2011)

Funding

Total budget: 4 960 000 DKK (approx. 666 730 €) - ERDF contribution: 2 480 000 DKK (approx. 333 365 €)

Cohesion Policy Objective

Regional competitiveness and employment

Managing Authority

The Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority

DK-8600 Silkeborg, Denmark

Tel.: +45 35 46 60 00,

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CCI nr of OP

2007DK162PO001 National OP

Contact

Mr Poul Rask, Project Manager, Energy City Frederikshavn,

Tel. +45 9845 9023

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Web

http://www.energycity.dk/ (EN)

Keywords

Renewable energies, energy efficiency

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