Duration 4-6th September 2009
What is CO2PENHAGEN?
CO2PENHAGEN is a music and art festival, which receives all its energy from sustainable sources. At CO2PENHAGEN, we will open the door to a fantastic technological universe and demonstrate how the newest climate technologies can be used in an experience-rich environment.
CO2PENHAGEN was the world’s first carbon-neutral arts
and music festival. Founded by Katrine Vejby and Nina
Louise Jensen, CO2PENHAGEN was held two months
before the 2009 COP15 Climate Change Conference in
Over two days, the festival presented 40
bands and the newest green technology to an audience
of 8,000 people. All the energy came from renewable
sources and was produced on the festival site.
CO2PENHAGEN wanted to show that a green future is
not bleak, but full of exciting new opportunities; that
it’s about breaking old habits and finding innovative
Artists, engineers, designers, architects and
chefs worked collaboratively to demonstrate green technologies
in an experience-rich and festive environment.
In the end, the festival was not just carbon neutral, but
actually produced more energy than needed, contributing
the excess to the national grid.
CO2PENHAGEN had two important goals: to run the whole
festival on renewable energy produced on-site, and to
find ways to reduce its energy consumption compared
to a normal festival.
By careful design of activities and the use of low-energy
LED lights and alternative energy-saving cooking methods,
the festival’s energy needs were reduced by 50%. The
energy needed was then met from renewable sources,
using new green technologies.
These technologies included bike-power, solar panels,
and a variety of generators running on organic waste.
The majority of power was generated by a two-tonne
Stirling engine that converted festival food waste into
energy by incineration. While this process emits CO2, it is
considered carbon neutral as these emissions are equal to
the amount of carbon sequestered by the organic matter
as it was growing. The absorption and eventual release of
carbon dioxide are part of the natural growth cycle. The use
of biomass as a fuel is considered sustainable if the biomass
used is renewable, and especially if it is already waste
One of the festival’s collaborative partners is the UN’s Environmental Programme.
More details coming soon…