Vejle is the spearhead of resilience

The Rockefeller Foundation has appointed Vejle one of the "100 resilient cities".

Vejle is the spearhead of resilience

The American Rockefeller Foundation has appointed Vejle one of the "100 resilient cities”. Vejle, along with New York, has been appointed a global spearhead in working to make the world more resistant to climatic and environmental conditions. This is because the cities are vulnerable and therefore – according to the Rockefeller Foundation – should be at the forefront in developing new solutions. According to Jørgen Andersen, director of Green Tech Centre Vejle, the resilient city appointment is the beginning of a Danish export adventure. New York, for example, has allocated 20 billion kroner to developing solutions that can prevent the consequences of rising sea levels and massive cloudbursts over the next year. And Vejle is underway with a number of projects to prepare the city for the future.

Experiences from Vejle can be used around the world

Vejle, along with the University of Southern Denmark, VIA University College, Vejle Wastewater and Green Tech Centre formed Resilience Lab Denmark. One of the partnership's first projects is, in fact, "Vejle as a Resilient City" that looks ahead to the year 2050. VIA Building, Energy & Environment participates in developing solutions for water and energy.

The future demands self-sufficient cities

According to research director Lotte Thøgersen, the knowledge VIA helps to develop could be used elsewhere in the world. "One might ask what a metropolis like New York can learn from Vejle. But, in my opinion, large cities need to think more decentralized, so, for example, different parts of the city can be self-sufficient in energy. There are various challenges in the cases of industrial areas, detached houses, location in relation to sea level, soil conditions in relation to the potential for seepage and so on," says Lotte Thøgersen.

”A concrete example is that New York, just like Vejle, needs to find out whether water from cloudbursts can percolate, or whether it should be directed elsewhere. Both cities are located near the sea and are greatly challenged by rising water levels. If the forecasts hold true, large parts of the centre of Vejle will come to be under water." 

The beginning of Danish export adventure

According to Jørgen Andersen, Vejle has several obvious areas that will be interesting internationally. "In Vejle, it is natural to start developing pumping and backup systems, resource-saving technologies and contingency planning," he says.

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