Naestved - sustainable construction and climate strategy


Naestved municipality has a wide range of activities on energy and climate issues with a focus on sustainable construction:

The municipality has signed a curve breaker agreement with the Danish Energy Saving Trust to save 2.5% on electricity consumption in 2008 and 09, and is on the way to become a climate municipality approved by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation.  

Climate on the agenda

Naestved municipality has as one of the first municipalities adopted a climate strategy and in September 2009 they adopted a specific plan for reducing climate gas emissions.

According to the climate mapping the emission of CO2 per capita is 10.2 tonnes annually, compared to the national average of 10.8 tonnes per year. The total greenhouse gas emissions in Naestved are 8.4 tonnes annually compared to approximately 14 tonnes per year nationwide

Lagkagediagram, som viser fordelingen mellemsektorers udledning af klimagasser

Emission of climate gases in Naestved municipality

Households and public institutions are responsible for over one quarter of the emissions; large reductions could be achieved as a part of building-related savings.

The climate strategy has an objective of reducing CO2 emissions that are at least equal to the national objectives. In the strategy a set of short and long term areas of focus are presented, but without concrete commitments. In the area of construction the climate strategy mentions the possibility of building CO2-neutral buildings and encouragement of construction of low-energy houses, just as it should be considered whether all new municipal constructions should meet the requirements of low energy class 1.

The process towards a climate plan

As a basis for the climate plan a process has been initiated:

Rambøll will continue to propose projects for CO2 reductions and incorporate suggestions from citizens and the administration. It will focus on the removal of CO2 where it is cheapest; here a heat plan and use of renewable energy is identified. Permission has been granted for the construction of 3 large wind turbines, and work has begun on an idea for a large heat pump plant used for district heating.

In the municipal buildings easy savings have been completed so energy savings should be achieved by major renovations. In addition, campaigns and information to citizens and requirements of low energy new buildings are considered

Tradition for Agenda-21 - political support

It has been characteristic for Naestved municipality that it has had an active agenda-21 work over many years, first in the previous Naestved municipality and now also in greater Naestved municipality. There are 3 Agenda-21-coordinators with each their area, and a climate coordinator which is placed under the department for environment and development. There is also a coordination committee with representatives from all municipal departments so that initiatives can be launched with rooting in the relevant departments.1)

Examples of Agenda 21 activities are:

The first Agenda 21 strategy was adopted in 2003 and the current action plan is for the period 2008-11. Here, CO2 reduction and energy efficient buildings are a focus area in 2009

There has been political will to support sustainability initiatives. In the local plan strategy 2008-20 is highlighted that:

”The town council has a vision that Naestved municipality must be in front of Danish municipalities in the work with Agenda 21 and sustainability seen in relation to environment, transportation, business, social matters, ethnic matters, health, culture and economy”

This is reflected in the financial and personnel support to the Agenda-21-board and Agenda-21 citizen group, an Agenda-21 award and grants for various activities, and the new initiatives on the climate area.


Agenda-21 network

In 2007, the municipality’s agenda-21 coordinators initiated the formation of networks which could work independently with ideas for Agenda 21 activities with support from the municipality.

The Agenda-21 council consists of representatives of organizations and institutions, while the Agenda-21 citizen group consists of people who want to work with nature, environment and health without having to represent others than themselves.

The Agenda-21 board consists of the local association for nature preservation, hunting and angling associations, the business council and others, as well as representatives from various municipal departments. They give out an environmental award, plan field trips and organize activities. They have also established cooperation with local manufacturers and stores with objectives on ecology and energy; Agenda21land. This forum has created a website,,  where one can find farm shops and construction products with a sustainable content. 29 various local construction companies advertise here for environmental and energy-efficient building solutions. Agenda-21 citizen groups can get support for ideas of a sustainable nature.

Sustainable construction

The municipality has chosen to focus on sustainable construction in 2009 and altogether prioritize sustainable construction in their plan strategy where they have agreed on:

Rønnebækhave passivhus (foto fra

There are many initiatives promoting sustainable construction in Naestved:

Potentials for sustainable construction

Naestved municipality hold many potentials and driving forces that could promote sustainable improvements in construction.

First and foremost it is a relatively prosperous municipality with high employment rates, many newcomers and approximately 4000 small and medium sized local businesses. Approximately 1/5 of the around 40,000 employed citizens are public employees and approximately 1/3 is employed outside of the municipality. Naestved town is characterized as one of the two most enterprising commercial cities (Kolding is the other), as measured by the proportion of people who come to Naestved from other municipalities to shop. (From facts and figures about the city, see the website).

Furthermore, there is political support behind the sustainability vision for constructions, and the level of capacity have been build just as the organizational structure have been optimized which can support sustainability initiatives, both within the municipality and in networks independently.

The opportunities readily available to the municipality are under consideration in the climate plan. The barriers are understandably enough economy and lack of resources, driving forces and stakeholders to push the development forward.

In terms of economy different possibilities can be pinpointed:

In terms of actors who could put in efforts and resources in working with sustainable construction different possibilities can be pinpointed:

Although it seems as if there are no customers for sustainable new build - people do not choose their home on the degree of sustainability – there is a growing commitment among the people in relation to adaptation to climate change and CO2 reductions. Since Naestved in many ways is a cultural and commercial center for southern Zealand and since there are many relations to other areas and towns due to the many commuters, one can imagine that it should be possible to run campaigns and motivate citizens to engage in the climate cause, for example by reducing energy consumption in their homes.

The municipality can play an important role by initiating and facilitating contacts between such stakeholders, which indeed is already happening through Agenda 21 and the climate activities.

1) Interview Head of Office Pia Buch Madsen and Head of Department Morten Hallgren 26.5.09.

2) Interview Head of Offoce Pia Buch Madsen and Head of Department Morten Hallgren 26.5.09.

Af Inger Stauning, Roskilde Universitet 2009

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