This European capital wants to ban thermal cars in 2030

The Danish capital Copenhagen intends to put an end to the circulation of thermal cars in its streets from 2030.

Copenhagen could take a drastic decision within the next few weeks. During the first week of May, the municipal administration and the various national political parties met and found a possible agreement to permanently ban all circulation of thermal cars in 2030 in the streets of the Danish capital.

The decarbonization of cities is an important issue. Several capitals are already striving to reduce their carbon footprint by increasing the presence of environmentally friendly public transport on the roads and by discouraging the use of private cars, particularly internal combustion engines, in favor of soft mobility (cycling, walking, etc.) by developing more favorable and secure infrastructures.

Which area will be affected?

In this respect, the administration of the Danish capital, together with specialized urban planners and engineers, will carry out feasibility studies in the second half of 2023. In parallel, the administrators will also work on defining the “right” number of charging points to be developed for the proliferation of electric cars which could logically result from this decision.

It also remains what will be the “border” of this zone prohibited for thermal cars from 2030. For the moment, it is not yet known whether this will concern the historic center or the whole of the capital. The actual launch of the project will have to come from the Danish government itself, which already announced in 2021 that zero-emission zones would be introduced in almost all cities in the country by the end of the decade.

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An already “green” city

Copenhagen is already one of the good students in terms of energy transition. Over the past four years, the city has already done a lot to decarbonize its operations. From 2021, in fact, the administration began to run only 100% electric buses to renew its fleet, replacing the old diesel-powered vehicles.

Today, there are 13 bus routes in the Danish capital already fully served by zero-emission vehicles, a number that is expected to increase to 22 by the end of 2023 and 34 by the end of 2025.

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