Combined Investment Models for Urban Sustainability

Establishing a roadmap for three concrete public-private investment schemes

The challenge

Local governments play an important role in connecting the dots and accelerating climate finance opportunities. They account for the majority of public sector investments and many cities have set ambitious climate targets. The purpose of this feasibility study about ‘Combined Investments Models for Urban Sustainability’ is to establish a roadmap for three concrete public-private investment schemes, that support urban climate initiatives in the City of Copenhagen and as an inspiration for other cities.

Project aims and objectives

The aim of the project is showcase how can city governments draw on financial institutions to reach the required levels of investment to reach their climate targets. Two of Copenhagen’s main challenges are reducing the CO2 emission from mobility and energy consumption, and there is a need to think in new methods to achieve this. Therefore Copenhagen will work with new business models and financial instruments that can stimulate the private market, and promote solutions on green mobility and energy retrofitting.

This pathfinder project will demonstrate the potential for accelerating three new successful international solutions, which have potential for implementation in Copenhagen and Denmark. It is the hope that Copenhagen can test, validate and hopefully implement the three cases.

Interested in this project?

We’re welcoming:

  • Electric vehicle manufactures
  • Banks
  • Pension funds
  • Energy advisors

Documents and Media

The City of Copenhagen will develop a report in the end summarizing the learning’s and replicability for other cities.


The City of Copenhagen leads the project together with Climate KIC, but hopefully through the process several stakeholders will be enrolled.

About the Project Lead

Klaus Bundgaard is a Civil Engineer in sustainable urban development, and further specialized in how cities can reduce their CO2-emissions. Within the City of Copenhagen he is located in the climate secretariat, working with the CPH2025 Climate Plan targeting CO2-neutrality by 2025. Formerly Klaus have worked with energy related projects in the Energy Cluster Zealand (now a part of GATE21).