Driven on by its determination to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025, Copenhagen has recently inaugurated its first hydrogen fuelling station and unveiled eight new fuel cell vehicles.

The package of vehicles comprises of two ‘work’ vehicles and six cars, which all operate on hydrogen fuel cell systems and will refuel at the newly opened hydrogen station.

The inauguration sees Copenhagen pass the first milestone towards its ambitious goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025. Later this year, it’s understood that Copenhagen will also acquire 25 electric cars - bringing the total number of environmentally friendly vehicles to 33.

The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle project is the result of a collaboration between Denmark and Canada, both world leaders in the development of green technology, and is being coordinated by Hydrogen Link, the Danish network for research, development and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Technology and Environment Mayor, Klaus Bondam, reportedly said, “Today we are putting Copenhagen on the map as a champion of clean transport.”

“Together with [fuel cell vehicle integrator] H2 Logic, Copenhagen is setting in motion the development of hydrogen transport in Denmark and in northern Europe, because the hydrogen filling station in Copenhagen will help provide future hydrogen-powered vehicles from Scandinavia and Germany with hydrogen.”

Pole position
The launch of the project is seen as providing the stimulus for further developments in the region and placing Copenhagen in pole position to take the lead in the acquisition of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure development.

The Centre for Green Transport, under the Danish Road Safety and Transport Agency, is working with the City of Copenhagen to establish a network between the municipalities and the centre.

The aim is to gather experience and share knowledge on electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles.

Lars Barfoed, Danish Minister for Transport, is quoted as saying, “I think it is extremely important for us to launch as many projects as possible within sustainable transport solutions, so that we ensure broad coverage of the possibilities rather than focusing solely on one technology or another.”