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Police call for witnesses after latest Copenhagen explosion

A Thai restaurant on the island of Amager near Copenhagen was damaged in an explosion early on Tuesday, the latest in a series of minor blasts to occur in the Danish capital.

Police call for witnesses after latest Copenhagen explosion
Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police were present at the scene during the early hours of Tuesday and throughout the morning, and also set up a temporary information stand for concerned residents.

“An explosion occurred and our investigations have a broad focus,” lead inspector Mads Helios told Ritzau, confirming the explosion was reported to police around 3:30am.

Police have thus far no firm suspicions as to potential suspects or motives behind the blast. The cause of the detonation – explosives or otherwise – is also yet to be confirmed.

Nobody was injured in the explosion, which destroyed the façade of Øens Wok, a Thai restaurant located on Røde Mellemvej, a road in the northern section of Amager around five kilometres from central Copenhagen.

Copenhagen has in recent weeks been hit by a number of similar explosions in which buildings have been damaged.

Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) offices in the northern part of the city were targeted in a bombing in August, while a local police station in Nørrebro was also damaged in an explosion. No serious injuries were recorded in either case and police have stated they do not consider the incidents related.

Last week, a blast at a pizzeria on a major road leading into the city caused disruption to morning traffic. Nobody was reported hurt.

“We would naturally like to get in contact with people who might have seen something last night,” Helios said in relation to Tuesday’s incident.

READ ALSO: Emergency in Denmark: Who to call and what to say

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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.

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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.

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