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Sustainable Urban Development

During the program period of 2014-2020, five percent of the means of the European Regional Development Fund will be used for sustainable urban development.

A total of DKK 72 million is available for sustainable green initiatives in the cities during the period 2014-2020. Further details on the conditions for application of the means are described in the ERDF programme under the priority Sustainable Urban Development (axis 4).

The main part of the means must be used for measures which aim to reduce the energy consumption in the cities. A minor part must be used to increase the number of innovative SMEs in the relevant urban areas.

Who can apply for the EU funding?

Only cities of more than 30,000 inhabitants can apply for the means.

The Danish cities of more than 30,000 inhabitants are Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Esbjerg, Randers, Kolding, Horsens, Vejle, Roskilde, Herning, Helsingør, Silkeborg, Næstved, Fredericia, Viborg, Køge, Holstebro, Taastrup, Slagelse, Hillerød and the area of Copenhagen capital.

The area of Copenhagen capital consists of the following municipalities: København, Frederiksberg, Albertslund, Brøndby, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Glostrup, Herlev, Hvidovre, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Rødovre, Tårnby, Vallensbæk, Ballerup, Rudersdal, Furesø, Ishøj and Greve. Municipalities with less than 30,000 inhabitants in the area of Copenhagen capital must apply in cooperation with a neighbouring municipality and thereby create a cohesive urban area of at least 30,000 inhabitants.

Only municipalities can act as lead partner.

The complete integrated measures in selected cities or urban areas can be implemented in partnerships between e.g. municipalities, housing associations, education and research institutions etc. Private companies must participate in projects aiming at improving innovation within companies, but they can also participate in other projects.

Which projects can receive EU financing?

A municipality must present an urban strategy for the city in question which:

  • is based on socio-economic analyses
  • to an adequate degree describes an integrated measure within economic, climate and environmental, demographic and social challenges of each city
  • to an adequate degree takes the promotion of the correlation between rural and urban areas into account
  • includes both measures aiming at reducing the energy consumption and measures with the purpose of increasing the number of innovative companies.

The measures aiming at reducing the energy consumption can relate to water, buildings and waste management, while the measures with the purpose of increasing the number of innovative companies only can relate to waste management.

Activities related to the following areas qualify for funding:

  1. Development of methods and/or technologies
  2. Testing of the method in question and/or the technology within the scope of projects conducted in chosen urban areas in Danish cities of more than 30,000 inhabitants
  3. Evaluation of projects and presentation of results, e.g. describing the commercial potential of an effort, i.e. a potential to be applicable to other cities with similar challenges within sustainability.

The Regional Development Fund can only contribute to financing means which relate to water, buildings and waste management.

How are the means allocated?

The means for sustainable urban development are allocated by a nomination committee consisting of one member from the Danish Business Authority (chairman), the Ministry of the Environment and Food, the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, and Local Government Denmark as well as two members appointed jointly by the regional growth fora and two members contributing with special knowledge on urban affairs, e.g. from a knowledge or research institution appointed by Local Government Denmark.

The nomination committee is administered jointly by the Danish Business Authority and the Ministry of the Environment and Food. All communication on the implementation (application rounds, announcement of allocated means, exchange of experience etc) is carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and the Danish Business Authority (managing authority).