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Copenhagen – the European Green Capital 2014

Copenhagen – the European Green Capital 2014
03.05.2013

Copenhagen has been awarded the EU Commission’s prestigious European Green Capital Award for 2014. The Danish capital is receiving the prize for, amongst other reasons, getting more people to cycle and for the city’s ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Cities at the heart of environmental challenges
 
Three out of four Europeans live in towns and cities, placing mayor cities at the heart of environmental challenges. For a considerable period of time now, Copenhagen has taken on the challenge. Copenhageners are good at leaving the car in the garage and taking their bikes instead, they can go for a swim in the clean water of the harbour and Copenhagen has just published a green account that shows remarkable reductions in carbon emissions. For these reasons, the Danish capital is now, ahead of 17 other European countries, receiving the prize as European Green Capital 2014 - a green pat on the back from the EU Commission.
 
Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, says:
 
”This is international recognition of our dedicated efforts and it is something Copenhageners can be really proud of every time they get on their bikes or take a swim in one of the harbour swimming pools. Our efforts are not only about a greener Copenhagen. They are also about a healthier Copenhagen and a Copenhagen which is nice to live in.”
 
Top marks on environment, climate and green growth

To become European Green Capital 2014, Copenhagen and the other 17 candidates were judged by a panel of experts in twelve specific areas within the sectors of environment, climate and green growth. Copenhagen was awarded top marks ahead of all the other cities. In nine of the twelve areas, the technical jury assessed Copenhagen to have achieved the best or second best results of all 18 cities.
 
”Copenhagen leads the field in many areas, but we are constantly working on giving Copenhageners an even greener and more liveable city. So, we want to show the rest of Europe how to make green urban solutions that work and create new possibilities for the citizens. At the same time, we want to learn new things from other cities all over Europe so we can make Copenhagen an even better place to live,” says Ayfer Baykal, Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Mayor.
 
Past winners include Stockholm, Hamburg and Vitoria-Gasteiz. In 2013, Nantes takes over the title from Vitoria-Gasteiz.