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Copenhagen named European green capital

City earns award for ambitious climate plan and commitment to cycling


Copenhagen is known for its strong cycling culture (Photo: Colourbox)

December 19, 2013
08:00

by Peter Stanners


Copenhagen was officially crowned the European Green Capital for 2014 by the European Commission yesterday, after fending off eleven other cities for the title.

Mayor Frank Jensen (S) was in Brussels to accept the award, which recognises Copenhagen’s ambitious climate plans.

“It’s a major pat on the back for all Copenhageners and the city’s green businesses who everyday do what they can to make Copenhagen a more green and sustainable city,” Jensen said in a press release.

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Low carbon goal
Among the initiatives that swayed the independent jury in Copenhagen’s favour are the city’s efforts to increase the number of cyclists, become carbon neutral in 2025, and ensure Copenhageners better access to nature areas.

EU environment commissioner Janez Potočnik congratulated Copenhagen on the award.

“The rest of Europe could learn a lot from Copenhagen’s climate efforts and the high quality of life that Copenhageners lead. This prize reflects the fact that Copenhagen is making significant efforts to develop its urban space in order to deliver a more healthy and sustainable city for Copenhageners,” Potočnik said.

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Celebrations in 2014
Copenhagen will celebrate the green capital title by putting on events throughout 2014 together with 75 partner organisations and businesses.

The events will be kicked off on January 22 on City Hall Square, Rådhuspladsen, and other public spaces around the inner city. A full programme will be published in the beginning of January.

The climate minister, Martin Lidegaard (R), said that Copenhagen sets an example for cities around the world.

“It’s vital that there are cities, businesses and citizens who have the will to lead the fight against climate change,” Lidegaard said.



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