WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY SUSTAINABLE CITIES?
I have a bachelor degree from Denmark’s Technical University (DTU) in civil engineering, and through my time at DTU sustainable urban development has been a key priority. Therefore, it was a natural next step for me to find something that would allow me to prioritize how cities can mitigate climate changes.
HOW DID YOU EXPERIENCE YOUR STUDY TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY?
My two years at AAU CPH was a good experience, and it was nice to be a part of an international working community at the Sustainable City programme.
DID YOU DO AN INTERNSHIP? IF SO, WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT? AND WHERE?
I did an internship in an energy cluster for municipalities in Denmark, who’s main role was to support the municipalities in developing regional projects and tools to engage businesses and citizens in the transition. I’m happy that I did an internship, but if I had to do it again, I would be more specific on the internship and how that could contribute to my future career.
WHAT SKILLS FROM YOUR EDUCATION CAN YOU USE IN YOUR PRESENT JOB?
I’m working in the Climate Secretary in the City of Copenhagen with 10 colleagues. We are responsible for coordinating and developing the CPH2025 Climate Plan that targets carbon neutrality by 2025 as the first capital in the world.
Thinking holistic in projects is probably the number one skill from my education that use in my job today. It is key from an environmental perspective to have a holistic approach, but it is also important in securing internal and external funding for your projects.
Through the master programme we gain a lot of knowledge on different themes related to Sustainable Cities. This allows you to understand the complexity of the transition, and have given me the capacity to participate in discussions on mobility, energy, resources, circular economy, consumption-based emissions etc. This is a great asset to possess when you coordinate and develop a city-wide plan, that requires the engagement of a lot of different stakeholders.
IF YOU NEED TO HIGHLIGHT PROJECTS YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN – WHICH WOULD THAT BE?
Sitting in the Climate Secretary allows me to work with a lot of different innovation projects, and that for me, is the number one motivation. I’ve worked with how cities can start targeting consumption-based emissions, developing new business models for green solutions, energy communities, international relations and many more.
If I had to mention two projects, it would be my work with Carbon Capture Storage and/or Usage and EnergyLab Nordhavn. Together with Amager Resource Center (ARC) we started this project one and half year ago on capturing carbon (CC) at CopenHill, and we have really pushed the boundaries related to CC in Denmark. Furthermore, I’m the project manager on an international carbon capture project with Amsterdam, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. If we succeed in implementing carbon capture at CopenHill, it will truly be something unique internationally.
Also, in EnergyLab Nordhavn I was the project coordinator for the City of Copenhagen. In EnergyLab Nordhavn we have tried to answer on how the future flexible energy system can be designed locally. It is impressive what the project have created of innovation and results through the five years project period.