Opportunities in Boston after Greater Copenhagen visit
A study trip to Greater Copenhagen, planned and hosted by One-Point Entry Service, has paved the way for a dialogue on urban livability in Boston and Massachusetts.
The visiting US delegation, which represented City and State agency leaders and senior staff, Boston City Council members, Massachusetts legislators, business leaders and many more, has taken home new ideas and inspiration from its trips to the cities of Copenhagen and Malmö.
"Boston is really pursuing bicycling and several city leaders from the trip have expressed strong support. For example, speed limits have been lowered to make biking and walking in the city safer."
Julie Curti, organizer of the Boston City delegation
One-Point Entry planned the program and facilitated meetings with Greater Copenhagen government and business leaders, while also accompanying the participants on site visits. The delegation toured district heating and cooling facilities, saw offshore wind power and visited one of Europe’s first carbon neutral districts in Malmö. A networking event was setup with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), through which new opportunities arose. For example, Rambøll has since the initial dialogue closed deals with leading US universities on district heating and energy efficiency measures, as well as other district heating projects in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Following the successful visit in June 2016, the City of Boston is now addressing its own challenges within climate adaptation, sustainable transportation systems and the carbon-free energy system – following up on its experiences in Greater Copenhagen during a Danish State visit in Boston a few months later.