As thousands of Eurovision Song Contest guests begin to arrive in Europe’s Green Capital 2014 for next week’s mega-event, a behind-the-scenes look at conditions for the event betrays a singular lack of environmental friendliness.
Traversing the city on their electrical bicycles, along newly laid pristine bicycle lanes, few entering the B&W halls on Refshale Island will realise that the location and event is being powered by an army of humming and puffing diesel-driven generators.
»As far as energy and the climate are concerned, all these generators are a catastrophe. It would be much better for them to get their electricity from the grid, both as far as climate, energy efficiency and the environment are concerned«, says Kåre Press-Kristensen, engineer and senior adviser for the Economic Council.
The use of 26 heavy duty diesel guzzling generators is a far cry from the sustainability and environmental label placed on the contest by Visit Copenhagen on its web page, where it boasts that everything about the contest has been thought into environmental friendliness.