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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Tram system in Aarhus (Denmark) reduces emissions

A new tram system in Aarhus has achieved an impressive feat: it will increase mobility and cut down on emissions. It is estimated that the project will help Aarhus city save over 40 million euros.

The first stage of the light rail project will be a new 12 kilometre line, named the "Urban Line". This will commence at Aarhus central station and pass through key locations in the city before connecting to an existing line that is being converted for light rail operation. 17 new stops will be added, while park and ride facilities near existing stops have been refurbished already. The project's feasibility study was funded by ELENA, a joint initiative from the European Investment Bank and European Commission.

Once the new service is operational, it is expected to carry 39,000 passengers daily at speeds of up to 100km per hour. It is also expected to contribute 47GW of annual energy savings and avoid 7,300 tonnes of CO² emissions each year. Being powered by electricity, the system helps to reduce energy consumption, noise, and air pollution.

In the longer term, the light rail system will make a substantial contribution to Aarhus’s ambition to become CO2 neutral by 2030.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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