The initiative covers projects that develop solutions within energy optimisation and climate adaptation, that reduce CO2 emissions, and that make the city an attractive place to live and work.

Partnerships and collaboration between private and public actors constitute a cornerstone in achieving the goals of the climate effort, and the City of Aarhus particularly focuses on engaging companies and citizens as they account for 75 percent of the total CO2 emission in Aarhus.

By leading by example as well as facilitating initiatives that encourage energy efficiency and a shift away from fossil fuels, the City of Aarhus plays an active role in collaborating with relevant stakeholders to make the city carbon neutral by 2030. In addition, since 2012 the City of Aarhus has entered into more than 40 strategic climate partnerships with private companies. These partnerships specifically want to combine the goals of the climate effort with economic growth.

The City of Aarhus has actively worked with a climate action plan since 2007.