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Irish football fans ‘welcome to come again’: Danish police after play-off

They did not make life easy for Denmark's national team on the pitch, but Copenhagen Police said that the Irish were exemplary visitors to the city for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying play-off.

Irish football fans 'welcome to come again': Danish police after play-off
Irish fans outside Parken. Photo: Jens Dresling/Polfoto/Ritzau

Around 8,000 Irish fans are thought to have been in the Danish capital on Saturday.

“From a police perspective, Ireland are welcome to play at Parken again.

“No episodes were registered with football fans during the night. Thank you,” Copenhagen Police wrote on Twitter.

Extra flights were scheduled between Dublin and Copenhagen to enable fans to travel to Denmark for the match.

The majority had to make to with watching the action on television screens, though, with the Irish football association FAI having only been granted 2,300 tickets.

Enthusiastic fans could be seen and heard in many parts of Copenhagen throughout the day.

The city’s many Irish pubs were overflowing by Saturday morning, and Irish flags and patriotic singing were prominent on the Strøget main shopping street.

Both sides remain in with a good chance of making it to the World Cup after the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

The decisive return leg will be played in Dublin on Tuesday.

Saturday’s draw means Ireland remain unbeaten against Denmark at full international level since 1985.

READ ALSO: Denmark held by Ireland in drab World Cup play-off

ENVIRONMENT

Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

Cyclists on Copenhagen's
Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.

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