There is an explosive demand for Danish organic goods and only few other metropolitan cities in the world can match Copenhagen’s share of consumption of organic foods: Today, the private sector’s purchase of organic products in Copenhagen is about 23% percent, and 75 percent of all food consumed in the city’s institutions is organic – which is a world record.
90 percent organic food in the city institutions
To ensure Copenhagen continued development, the environmental strategy `Environment Metropolis – Our Vision 2015´ has set targets for organic food consumption up to 90 percent by 2015 in all of the city’s institutions. The target for private businesses and household’s purchase and consumption is expected to reach at least 20 percent. In 2008 Copenhagen was entitled Denmark’s first Fair-Trade city.
Copenhageners’ organic consciousness is also making its mark outside of the political world. A new league of restaurants, cafes and delis are sprouting up over the previous eco-community centres and vegetarian restaurants. Out with idealistic declarations and in with common sense, a desire for clean (Nordic) produce and sustainable relations with nature’s resources.
The Danish eco symbol "Ø"
The Danish mark of inspection for organic products is a red `ø´ symbol. The Ø-symbol indicates that the product is inspected by the Danish authorities and is thereby required to meet stringent regulations. A restaurant can only be marketed as 90 -100 percent organic if its ingredients are certified by the gold Ø-symbol; 60 – 90 by the silver Ø-symbol and 30 – 60 by the bronze Ø-symbol. Restaurants that utilize raw materials that are at a minimum 30% organic, can use the `ø´ symbol. Michelin-restaurant Relæ is the first Michelin-restaurant which has the gold Ø-symbol.
Eco-friendly hotels in Copenhagen
Back in the city after a day in the country, there are good possibilities to sleep at a hotel with a green conscience as 71% of Copenhagen’s hotel rooms are green. The first `real´CO2 neutral hotel building, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers opened in November 2009. They are CO2-neutral and meet EU requirements for green construction.
The hotel’s energy consumption is from sustainable sources: all surfaces which receive sunlight are covered with high-tech solar panels, and the whole building is cooled and heated by the first ground water-based cooling and heating system in Denmark. Certified according to International Green Key standards, the hotel’s CO2 neutral technology includes an advanced climate system which in the warm summer months uses ground water for cooling, stores the heated water and reuses it for heating in the cold winter months. The result is a reduction in energy consumption for cooling and heating by almost 90%.
Copenhagen has a new climate-friendly bus route. The electric driven CityCirkel buses run every seven minutes and take you to some of Copenhagen's top attractions. Also the taxi company Amager Øbro Taxi has become Co2 neutral buy buing co2 quotas in direct relation to the quantity of diesel used.