In 2007, the municipality of Albertslund was the first municipality to become 100% EMAS environmentally certified in Europe.
Albertslund takes environmental problems seriously and does something about them. Our aim is to think globally and act locally. It is our declared goal to find new ways to reduce total CO2 emissions within the local authority, as well as minimise water, soil and air pollution. All branches of local authority and local institutions are environmentally certified according to the European EMAS standard. In 2008 Albertslund became the first 100% environmentally certified municipality in Denmark.
Since 1993, Albertslund local authority has been preparing a Green Accounting Statement showing the consumption of heat, electricity and water, production of waste and CO2 emissions. The objective is to reduce energy consumption and improve the environment. These efforts have yielded extraordinary results.
Albertslund is also a partner in the Green Cities network, striving towards CO2 neutral energy consumption and implementing climate initiatives in a number of areas, such as environmental certification, sustainable purchasing ("green") policies, sustainable renovation and construction of buildings, encouraging renewables as well as promoting sustainable citizen behaviour and alternatives to car traffic. Albertslund has gained valuable experience from working full scale within the environmental management system and the other Green Cities municipalities now benefit from this knowledge.
In recent years Albertslund has won several prestigious awards for its environmental and climate efforts: the Nordic Council´s Nature and Environment Prize in 2007, The Danish Town Planning Institute´s Town Planning Award in 2008, Climate Cup Town Award in 2008, Danish Energy Association´s ELFORSK award in 2009 and the Nordic Council´s award as Nordic Energy Municipality 2011. In April 2009 Albertslund was announced as Energy Town by Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy.