All over the world, cities are engaging in the fight against climate change. The cities are increasingly experiencing the negative effects through cloudburst, longer drought periods and storm surges. It is threatening to disrupt the everyday life in the cities, and that is why cities are looking for solutions to help them fight and manage these changes.
The City of Copenhagen has high ambitions on climate and life quality. The city is working hard to become the first carbon neutral capital already in 2025 and doing this without lowering the quality of life of its citizens. Air pollution is one of the major issues in this work and urban heat island effect is also of growing concern. .
Through the Open Innovation Call, the City of Copenhagen is looking for new and innovative ideas, technologies, and approaches to reducing the negative impacts of urban air pollution and the heat island effect.
A digital sustainable market in Copenhagen, powered by AYR (CEiiA - Center of Engineering and Development, Portugal and iNudgeyou, Denmark)
AYR is based on a blockchain- and behavioural-economic-enabled platform that counts and values CO2 emissions avoided by people making sustainable mobility choices. AYR rewards the user with green digital credits (token AYR) that store the value of CO2 savings and can be exchanged for green goods and services. The avoided social cost of carbon is AYR’s intrinsic value. Nudging people towards sustainable mobility habits, AYR promotes a shift from personal driving to a mix of green modes (bike-sharing, car-sharing, public transport, etc.), reducing car congestion..
4MOSST creates an affordable and accessible alternative to existing green walls. We are developing a solution called HSMPaint, an innovative self-growing plaster containing moss spores that after application grows into a moss coverage on walls in cities. The product is a non-toxic paste-like structure, containing moss spores, binding material and moisture protection for the wall. It can be directly applied to outdoor walls out of direct sunlight.
Heliac’s passive cooling foil is a novel solar radiation management technique targeting UHI effect, while maintaining air quality by enhancing air circulation. Made of plastics coated in aluminum, the foil retro-reflects 90% of sunlight, meaning that sunlight is reflected to the same direction of origin.
New nature on strategic-, neighbourhood- and project level (SLA Architects, Denmark)
The overall aim of our solution is to bring ‘new nature’ into the cities of the world on three different levels: Strategic, neighbourhood and project. The tool/approach can be used by political decision makers, developers, architects, urban planners and landscape architects in their work to reduce air pollution and the heat island effect. - but also much more widely in the work with developing sustainable and healthy cities of the future. The ambition is that this tool can lead to the City of Copenhagen’s first ever biodiversity-plan, which cites like Paris already works actively with.
Healthy Cities and Urban Acupuncture (Hilson Moran, United Kingdom and 3XN/3GN, Denmark)
Through the principals of innovated urban planning and enhancement of landscape and street architecture, air quality can be improved through targeting improvement of affect areas using urban architecture, such as filtering bus stops, and landscape planting arrangement.