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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Denmark 2017

Submitted by: Tine Brandt-Nielsen
Cycle highways in Denmark's capital region

22 municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark have created a network of Cycle Superhighways, which has the potential to increase the number of bike commuters by more than 30%.

Initial situation
The greater region of Copenhagen is currently experiencing extensive car congestions during the morning and evening rush hours. If the bike is to succeed as a competitive alternative means of transportation, there has to be a network of bicycle routes transcending and connecting municipalities. So far, the hierarchy of roads in Denmark has focused on car users. The cycling facilities have more or less been determined by the rank of the road. This has given many excellent cycle routes alongside car routes. The best routes for bikes however, are not always the best for cars and vice versa.

The overall aim of the Cycle Superhighways in greater Copenhagen project is to get more people to commute by bike over longer distances. The project intends to spoil existing and potential new bike commuters by creating a network of Cycle Superhighways which makes it even more attractive for cyclists to use their bikes as a daily means of transport. To succeed, 22 municipalities and the Capital Region of Denmark have joined forces to create a network of Cycle Superhighways, which has the potential to increase the number of bike commuters in the Capital region by more than 30% compared to today, making the project a key cooperation in the development of green growth and sustainable mobility.

The Cycle Superhighway project works with, and tests, innovative solutions. On the Albertslund route, the use of green waves is tested. Traffic lights are normally coordinated in favor of cars, but the aim for the Cycle Superhighways, is for traffic lights to be adjusted for cyclists along the many main traffic arteries. At a speed of 20 km/h, cyclists will be able to surf a wave of green lights through the city during rush hour, without putting a foot down.

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Capital: Copenhagen
Official language: Danish
Total area: 43.075 km²
Population: 5.529.888
GDP/Capita/Year: $60.961
Source: Wikipedia 2012