Cycling city Copenhagen sprints to become first carbon-neutral capital

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As dozens of cities try to slash carbon emissions by 2050, Copenhagen aims to do it in half the time - in just seven years. 

Around the world, more than 70 major cities have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop pumping out climate-changing emissions by 2050. But Copenhagen - a city of wind turbines, bicycles and reliable public transportation - thinks it can go even further: It intends to accomplish that shift in just seven years.

It will require a complete reimagining of how the Danish capital is powered and designed - and a lot of cyclists, officials admit. "Why are we going for that? People might say what we do in Copenhagen doesn't really matter on the global stage at all. We are tiny," said Jørgen Abildgaard, director of the city's climate programme.

But with cities and countries around the world still searching for ways to turn the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change into a reality, "it's important to show that it's possible to make this transition" he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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