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Copenhagen invests in trees for CO2 neutrality

24.09.2015  10:21
The City Council of Copenhagen has earmarked 3.7 million DKK (659 million KRW) of its 2016 budget to plant 23,000 trees, with the long-term goal of planting 100,000 trees over the next decade. Of the 23,000 trees, 400 will be "partnership trees" selected by the public and locals will get a say on where they are planted. 


"Every year 10,000 new people move to Copenhagen and that puts pressure on the green areas," Tommy Petersen from the centre-left party Radikale, remarks. “We believe that a green city is the city of the future.”


The added trees will improve air quality and contribute to Copenhagen’s goal of becoming the first CO2 neutral capital in the world. Copenhagen launched its carbon neutral scheme in 2009 as host of the UN Climate Change Conference. The capital has undertaken various initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, including replacing old street lamps with more energy efficient lighting. Last year it was named European Green Capital by the European Union.