ProjectZero is the vision for making the entire Sonderborg-area CO2-neutral in 2029.
During 2008 and 2009 more than 75 leading Danish energy specialists analyzed the areas opportunities and challenges and created the ProjectZero 2029 masterplan, concluding that Sonderborg can achieve ZEROcarbon by 2029.
Key issues are as follows:
Massive focus on smart use of energy. Lowering consumption by energy efficiency improvement is estimated to reduce energy consumption by 40% compared to baseline 2007.
Conversion to multiple renewables including efficient use of the areas manure and waste from farming, geothermal heat, wind, solar heat and photovoltaic
Creation of the world first intelligent, dynamic energy system in close cooperation with SE (Utility Company) and other stakeholders.
The solution is based on the areas own renewable energy sources and respects that the grid connects to the national/international grid. Smart and commercial viable solutions are the preconditions. Socio-economic analysis proves that the masterplan implementation can be made profitable. As a positive side effect, Bright Green Business (the new business aspect) will create growth and new jobs for society.
Already in 2015 carbon-emissions shall be reduced by 25%
Efficiency and effectiveness are driving the short term initiatives:
Efficiency: Smart use of energy in new house construction, energy retrofits and companies production processes. Danish “Fornyelsesfonden.dk” and Region Southern Denmark have granted ProjectZero a donation of app 1 mio EUR, to create new green jobs by increasing demand for energy retrofit and craftsmen using a push/pull-strategy to create 500 new local jobs in the construction industry.
Conversion to renewables: Massive use of district heating based on green sources and replacement of old oil burners by heat pumps will alone reduce the carbon emissions by 12.5 % toward 2015.
For more information:
Download the ProjectZero Masterplan in English (summarized version)
Download the ProjectZero Masterplan 2029
Download the ProjectZero Roadmap 2015
The new climate solutions will demonstrate best/next practice and grow a Bright Green Business market. Several (local) companies have achieved two digit growth figures on climate and energy technology/solutions.
ProjectZero achieved in spring 2010 the EU-commissions energy price award: Sustainable Energy Communities.
ProjectZero cooperate with WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) to develop a simple tool (indexes), which can help the world’s cities to implement sustainable solutions and create sustainable cities.
ProjectZero´s own company learning program, ZEROcompany, created together with the CDP Carbon Disclosure Project a special participation program for SME-companies, with the result that 40% of all Danish companies which had been registered in the CDP-database in 2009 had its base in Sonderborg.
Sonderborg demonstrates some of the newest and most advanced energy solutions within intelligent heat pumps, fuel cells, ZERO+ house construction, intelligent roof-systems etc.