Our recipe for a green transition not only has the potential to solve the climate challenge in Sønderborg. It can be used all over the world. We want to show other cities the way and inspire them to create their own transformation, and we’re already well on our way.
Sonderborg climate plan is awarded with the EU Mission Label
12 October 2023 Sonderborg received the EU Mission Label. The award is the European Commission’s quality stamp of the ProjectZero Masterplan that is leading the way to making our energy system carbon-neutral by 2029.
Sonderborg is amongst the first 10 cities receiving the award – and the first in Denmark.
Cities account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions and consume over 65% of the world’s energy. In 2022 the EU therefore appointed 100 ambitious climate cities to take part in developing new methods for green transition to support all European cities in becoming climate neutral by 2050.
The designated cities must all draw up a Climate City Contract (CCC), which contains the city’s goals and plans for climate neutrality. The Mission Label states that their Climate City Contract has been reviewed and approved by the European Commission with support from experts – including the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Joint Research Center (JRC).
Obtaining the EU’s Mission Label can, among other things, help facilitate access to funding from the EU, national and regional funding sources, including private investment.
International action plan is named after Sønderborg
In 2022, Sønderborg hosted the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual conference on energy efficiency.
Among the participants were ministers from 27 countries. The ministers jointly prepared a statement recognizing the importance of energy efficiency and of the so-called Sønderborg Action Plan – a set of strategic principles and policy tools to help governments quickly execute on energy efficiency.
At the Paris conference in 2023, participants followed up on the Sønderborg Action Plan.