Police clear area in central Copenhagen due to suspicious package

Police on Monday cleared Nytorv, a popular square in central Copenhagen with many nearby shops and restaurants, due to a suspicious package.

Police clear area in central Copenhagen due to suspicious package
A file photo of Nytorv. Photo: Maria Albrechtsen Mortensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Nytorv was cordoned off for around 90 minutes on Monday afternoon after the package was found at Copenhagen City Court, which is located on the square.

People eating outside the square’s cafés and restaurants on what was a warm April day in the Danish capital were asked by police to immediately vacate the area.

The package was discovered by a member of the public, and police called in army bomb disposal experts to assist with the suspicious object.

After around one and a half hours, the square was re-opened and pedestrian and road traffic began moving again.

Copenhagen Police later confirmed that the package consisted of a plastic container with batteries inside it.

Copenhagen City Court was not evacuated during the police response.

Police later wrote on Twitter that investigation had revealed “nothing suspicious” about the object, which had been left unattended.

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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.

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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.