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Albertslund - Denmark

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Albertslund's main motivation for taking adaptation action is to be part of the local movement for sustainable development across the EU. Also, by addressing adaptation Albertslund hopes to attract international cleantech businesses and create more jobs.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
No, we do not have an adaptation strategy but are currently developing one
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Plan 2009-2015
Summary of the strategy/plan
The Climate Plan 2009-2015 outlines Albertslund's vision, objectives, and activities for CO2 reduction. In addition to detailing the strategic reasons behind the city's decision to take action on climate change, the Plan contains sector-specific sections on local authorities, housing, the business community, and transport; as well as cross-cutting areas such as planning, cooperation, energy supply, and communication. Although the document does not focus on adaptation, it does touch upon some adaptation activities.

Planned adaptation actions

In addition to being politically active in limiting greenhouse gas emissions, Albertslund has also undertaken adaptation action with a focus on extreme weather events. The run of water from extreme weather events are part of the Development Plan for the municipality of Albertslund 2013-2015 and the Waste Water Plan 2016-2025. Albertslund is currently working on securing areas along three rivers and streams in the municipality. Furthermore, the city also plans to incorporate patches of both blue and green in its planning and building regulations in order to create recreational spaces within the city, and to secure varied vegetation and wildlife. The municipality has four additional minor blue spot areas, which will be addressed in the Klik-O-Vand project. In the non-urban areas along rivers and streams Albertslund is creating wetland areas with the purpose of securing biodiversity and creating recreational spaces. The city has finished a project concerning a wetland area in the southern part of the municipality to prevent the center of the town from being flooded in case of extreme weather. The new wetland has increased biodiversity and created new recreational areas for the citizens. Albertslund is also in the process of renovating and expanding the Kanal, which leads the water from rainfalls in the municipality to the new wetland area.

Good practice / spotlight item

Renovation of housing stock: capitalising on adaptation co-benefits

Albertslund was planned and constructed in a period from 1960 to 1980 when new social housing flourished and the number of residents grew rapidly. Nowadays, however, many of these houses don't comply with current comfort and energy efficiency standards. By renovating the housing stock and enforcing higher energy efficiency standards, Albertslund can ensure not only improved energy efficiency but also the comfort of residents in a future characterized by extreme temperatues. More information can be found here.

What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Buildings

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Flooding

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Water Management
  • Health
  • Coastal areas
  • Agriculture


Steen Christiansen


27,780 inhabitants

Contact person

Anne Adamsen


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 24, 2014

Covenant of Mayors 2020 signatory

Last Update

Feb 20, 2017

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