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Lisbon and Copenhagen collaborate on energy efficiency

Lisbon and Copenhagen collaborate on energy efficiency in social and affordable housing

At the end of 2015 the Embassy of Denmark in Lisbon, Lisbon municipality, Copenhagen municipality and the Copenhagen building society KAB initiated a cooperation on energy efficiency in social housing. The project extends into 2016.  Both Lisbon and Copenhagen plan to erect new social and affordable housing on a major scale in the years to come, and both Portugal and Denmark have formulated ambitious political goals in the areas of climate and energy.

Buildings account for 40% of global energy consumption, but with today's technology, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by at least 30% and possibly as much as 80% with simple measures such as energy-efficient windows, insulation, heat regulators, ventilation and lighting.

Denmark and Portugal have different traditions and climates, but both have to seek smart solutions to follow EU regulations and limit energy consumption in buildings - new as well as refurbished.

The city of Copenhagen aims to become the world's first carbon neutral capital by 2025, and Danish organisations and companies have been at the forefront of developing energy efficient solutions. They have developed useful knowledge in creating energy efficient solutions, and the cooperation will be a platform for sharing experience and good practices.

In December 2015 a delegation from Lisbon municipality visited Copenhagen to experience how the city, building society and companies have worked with energy efficiency in social housing. Activities in 2016 include seminars to exchange knowledge and experience, and to promote optimal energy efficient solutions.