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ENERGY & WATER – Greater Copenhagen Living Lab

ENERGY & WATER – Greater Copenhagen Living Lab

ENERGY & WATER – Greater Copenhagen Living Lab is an educational and collaborative living lab, created as a public-private partnership between the ‘Environmental Educational Services’ in the City of Copenhagen and HOFOR, Greater Copenhagen Utility.

Our mission is to connect city stakeholders through pedagogical tools in order to create sustainable cities. We do this by providing engaging, factual, and relevant education, showcasing, involvement, co-design and knowledge sharing of sustainable city solutions on climate adaptation, energy and water supply and education in the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the sustainable city and utility.

Since its establishment in 1999, ENERGY & WATER (E&W) has developed into a living lab made up by four centers of expertise: a Science Center, a Collaboratorium, a Showroom and a Knowledge Center. The E&W Science Center excel in STEM- and utility-based education for kids, the Collaboratorium focuses on citizen driven co-design processes regarding climate solutions, in the Showroom we share knowledge on sustainable city solutions whilst our Knowledge Center develops and shares knowledge on pedagogical tools and methods used to support the development of sustainable cities. Through these four centers, the E&W Living Lab has a strong emphasis on creating solutions to wicked problems relating to sustainable cities using participatory processes, education and showcasing in Greater Copenhagen:

  • Participatory processes: Improving citizen and user involvement in co-designing local climate solutions and local or city level programmes for Sustainable City Education and STEM- and utility-based education.
  • Education: Improving quality education by engaging in Education on Sustainable Development (ESD) to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals 6, 7 & 13 in a Copenhagen context.
  • Showcasing: Improving user experiences and knowledge sharing by showcasing sustainable city solutions, technologies, and demo-labs.


Selection of ENERGY & WATER Living Lab activities


  1. Co-designing climate solutions with students. In collaboration with schools, E&W have developed methods and processes for involving schools and institutions (including the students) in co-designing local climate solutions.
  2. GIS-based citizen and user involvement process on climate adaptation. In collaboration with the City of Copenhagen, Greater Copenhagen Utility and house owner associations, E&W have developed a GIS-based platform for citizen involvement and co-design in local climate adaptation projects. In this video you can gain an insight into the GIS-based platform and the entire co-design process.
  3. Design thinking-based user involvement process on sustainable education.

In collaboration with relevant partners from municipalities, academia, utility companies, schools and institutions, E&W have developed a Design thinking platform for involvement and co-design of programmes for Sustainable City Education and STEM- and utility-based education.




  1. Creation of the website ‘’. In collaboration with all utility companies in Greater Copenhagen, E&W have created an online website that can be used by schools in Greater Copenhagen to book educational programs focusing on utility.
  2. Climate Education Copenhagen. In collaboration with the City of Copenhagen and other relevant educational institutions, E&W have developed a draft for a new climate education for the City of Copenhagen in accordance with the Copenhagen Climate Plan.


  1. Visualizing roadbeds through augmented reality. In collaboration with other Living Labs, E&W have tested an augmented reality solution to show what future roadbeds might look like.
  2. Cross border collaboration on climate solutions. Together with several other living labs on both sides of the Swedish-Danish cross-border area called Øresund, E&W are involved in developing a platform for showcasing climate adaptation solutions.

Collaborate with ENERGY & WATER

Please get in touch if you think your project could benefit from our experience with sustainable city solutions and our knowledge on participatory processes, education and showcasing. We are always interested in exploring whether potential collaborations can create useful synergies and social value.

Furthermore, we offer a variety of services. These include but are not limited to:

  • E&W supports the establishment of hands-on educational programs with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the Sustainable Development Goals (particular with regards to education, the sustainable city and utility) and Factfulness, to school children, young students and teachers.
  • E&W offer knowledge sharing on how to create and execute citizen involvement processes focusing on local climate adaptation projects.
  • E&W offer help on concept development and funding applications on projects related to sustainable cities and utility.

For more information on our services or to inquire about potential collaboration possibilities, contact ENERGY & WATER on or call +45 3630 3606.

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ENERGY & WATER - Greater Copenhagen Living Lab - Roskildevej 211-213, 2500 Valby, Copenhagen (Denmark)
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ENERGY & WATER – Greater Copenhagen Living Lab


At ENERGY & WATER – Greater Copenhagen Living Lab we utilize a range of Living Lab methods, from data acquisition to design thinking to different types of visualization to connect people in our projects. These methods help bridge any subjective (e.g. values, prejudices, or feelings) and objective (e.g. economy or technology related to the project) elements that might otherwise hinder the success of the project. Furthermore, we make sure all our projects create change on three different levels: micro (user level), meso (technology level) and macro (systems level). To gain a more comprehensive understanding of our Living Lab tools and methods, you can watch this video.

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