Copenhagen is the new European Green Capital 2014, taking the title from Nantes, France at the handover ceremony in Brussels. After an intensive Europe-wide competition the Danish capital was awarded. The handover ceremony took place at “The Hotel” in Brussels in presence of European Commissionner Ptocnik.
” Europe has much to learn from Copenhagen’s efforts to improve environmental sustainability, and from the quality of life its citizens enjoy. This Award recognises Copenhagen as a city that is making substantial efforts to improve the urban environment, and to provide a healthier and more sustainable way of living. ” said commissioner Potocnik.
Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, said:” This award is an international recognition of Copenhagen’s dedicated efforts to create a green and sustainable city with a high quality of life. We will share our knowledge and show examples of how to develop sustainable urban solutions with other cities. 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 and do business.”
The many “green” credentials that helped Copenhagen to win the title of European Green Capital are:
- 36% of commuters and 55% of Copenhageners cycle to work or school
- District heating serves 98% of households
- 90% of building waste is reused
- 24% cut in carbon emissions between 2005 and 2012
- 96% of residents live within 15 minutes’ walk of a recreational area
- “The best metro in the world” as the transport experts named the city’s urban train system
“Finding shared solutions to environmental challenges”, these are the plans of the Danish city to use during its year as European Green Capital. Moreover the Green Capital will host a new network enabling the most progressive green cities in Europe to share knowledge and drive the environmental agenda forward together.