Alert called off at Copenhagen U.S. Embassy after object found to be harmless

A suspicious package found near the Embassy of the United States in Copenhagen on Wednesday proved to be harmless.

Alert called off at Copenhagen U.S. Embassy after object found to be harmless
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Police in the city have now removed a temporary cordon in the area of the Østerbro neighbourhood around the embassy premises, reports Ritzau.

Earlier on Wednesday, police were dispatched after receiving a report of what was described as a “suspicious situation” near the embassy.

Army bomb disposal technicians and the Fire Service were also called to the scene.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix Denmark

After bomb disposal experts investigated the package that had given rise to the suspicion, police confirmed that it had not been found to constitute any danger.

Copenhagen Police head of communications Claus Buhr declined to confirmed the contents of the package, however.

Part of the Dag Hammarskjölds Allé thoroughfare, on which the embassy is located, was closed while investigation of the object was carried out.

The stretch of road that was closed covers a 400-metre distance between the Øster Farimagsgade and Kristianiagade adjoining streets.

Copenhagen Fire Service (Hovedstadens Beredskab) confirmed to Ritzau that it dispatched a fire engine to the scene.

An ambulance and first response doctor were also on standby at the location.

Following the incident, police said they had chosen to temporarily evacuate the nearby Institute Saint Joseph private school.

This information was subsequently corrected – although the school was not evacuated, staff and students were asked to stay inside and away from windows during investigation of the object.

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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.