Tap water is cheap, healthy, chlorine-free, fresh – and, above all, eco-friendly. Throughout the Eurovision Song Contest week, HOFOR will be serving free tap water in eco-friendly cups from two new Aquabars, doing their bit for the environment when the Eurovision Song Contest comes to Denmark. By choosing the tap water over bottled water or fizzy drinks, you can help spare the environment from many tonnes of CO2.
The Aquabars will also be happy to tell you all about the wonderful Danish, world-class water.
When the Eurovision Song Contest hits our capital next week, there is not just music and festivities on the programme. Copenhagen has been named European Green Capital 2014,and the green ideas will be very much in evidence in the city throughout the week from 4–10 May. Everything from food and drink to transport and waste sorting will be done with the utmost consideration for the green solutions that the Capital Region of Denmark and Copenhagen are so well known for.
As Greater Copenhagen’s sustainable utility company, HOFOR will also help make the festivities surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest green. We have something that is not only environmentally friendly and sustainable, but
absolutely essential for the many thousands of visitors and contestants: Clean, natural drinking water without chlorine. We Danes take it for granted, but for many foreign visitors, drinking water straight from the tap is something of a rarity. What’s more, tap water is far more eco-friendly than water purchased in bottles, and this is partly due to the fact that tap water does not require the production of plastic bottles or to be carried around in polluting lorries.
“When a litre of water from a Copenhagen tap is drunk, it has taken 0.0002 kg CO2 to pump the water up, clean it at the waterworks and pipe it to the consumer. If, on the other hand, you grab a litre of bottled water, you have the emission of 0.18 kg CO2 on your conscience – i.e. 900 times more than tap water. And this is why we recommend that people drink tap water – it costs far less, both for the environment and your wallet, as a litre of tap water costs less than 6 øre,” says technical director Per Jacobsen from HOFOR.
Although bottled water is significantly more expensive than the corresponding tap water, Danes have really embraced the bottle. In 2012 alone, we purchased 139.5 million litres of bottled water, according to figures from
Euromonitor, which monitors a number of markets in Europe. This resulted in the emission of around 25,000 tonnes of CO2 in Denmark alone in 2012. If you have a car that drives 15 km to the litre, you can pack up the family and drive around the world 3,750 times for the same amount of CO2 emitted in the production of bottled water for Danish drinkers in 2012.
“We want to encourage people to drink more eco-friendly tap water. And that’s why we’re offering free water, served in an eco-friendly cup at our new Aquabars” explains Per Jacobsen.
HOFOR’s Aquabars will be situated on Gl. Torv in Eurovision Village and on Eurovision Island (Refshaleøen) from 4–10 May, and during the opening event on Rådhuspladsen on Sunday 4 May. When the Eurovision Song Contest isn’t in town, free, fresh drinking water is available 24/7 at 60 stationary drinking fountains, most of which are located in the city centre and in the ’-bro districts’ along jogging trails, near tourist attractions and in other populated places.
For further information:
Press Manager Astrid Skotte, 2795 2132, email@example.com