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Copenhagen announces plan for Euro 2020 fan zone

With Copenhagen set to host four games at next summer’s UEFA European Championships, the city announced on Wednesday its plans for a new fan zone.

Copenhagen announces plan for Euro 2020 fan zone
Copenhagen Lord Mayor Frank Jensen announces the Euro 2020 fan zone. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan / Ritzau Scanpix

In a press release, Danish football association DBU said that Ofelia Plads would be the official gathering place for fans of all countries.

Lord Mayor Frank Jensen said the participation of Denmark as a host city would be a memorable occasion for the Danish capital.

“Football unites the Danes. With the fan zone at Ofelia Plads, there will be a huge people’s party, where children and people young and old from all over the country can celebrate football together and join the red-and-white colours in the heart of Copenhagen,” Jensen said in the press release.

“At the same time, we will show our international guests and viewers that Copenhagen is an outstanding green capital with sustainable urban development, and a harbour with water so clean that you can swim in it,” the mayor added.

Copenhagen is one of 12 host cities for next year’s finals, with three group matches and one round of 16 tie to be played at the city’s Parken stadium.

Of the three group matches to be played in Copenhagen, two will involve the Danish national team, should they qualify for the finals.

DBU expects high demand for tickets, with which go on sale from 2pm on Wednesday.

Located next to the Royal Danish Playhouse and close to tourist magnet Nyhavn and the impressive Inderhavnsbroen pedestrian and bicycle bridge, the harbourside fan zone should provide a dramatic backdrop for next summer’s Euros.

Copenhagen's four matches will be staged as a collaboration between DBU, the City of Copenhagen, Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen. 

READ ALSO: Copenhagen's new Metro line delayed until September

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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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