A decade ago, Aarhus City Council established an ambitious objective for a carbon-neutral urban society by 2030. Over the years, municipal employees, businesses, academic institutions, and residents collaborated to diminish the city's emissions. This concerted effort has resulted in a 50% reduction in emissions, positioning Aarhus among the cities globally that have achieved significant positive changes in greenhouse gas emissions. This accomplishment is a source of justifiable pride, highlighting the advantages of collectively pursuing lofty goals.

  • Climate Strategy: It is imperative to establish a shared vision outlining the necessary changes to achieve the goals. Aligned with the City Council's binding climate targets and encompassing ambitious objectives across all sectors, the collective vision guides the green transition. The framework for this effort is defined by a set of fundamental principles for Aarhus' green transition, encapsulated in the comprehensive 2030 Climate Strategy.
  • Climate Action Plan: The Climate Action Plan outlines the key focus areas for the forthcoming four-year period. This strategic document ensures the effective implementation of pivotal changes during this timeframe, translating into tangible benefits. The chosen focus areas are designed not only to facilitate immediate, impactful changes but also to strategically underpin long-term transformations.
  • Climate Action Initiatives: To guarantee the successful execution of the identified focus areas and the realization of desired benefits, a systematic and targeted approach is imperative. Complementing the Climate Action Plan, a set of initiatives is associated with each focus area. These initiatives provide detailed descriptions of the specific changes that must be implemented within the plan period, up to the year 2024.