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News Archive 2009

Green Cities Tighten Cooperation

21 December 09

21 December 2009 The finalists of the European Green Capital Award for 2010 and 2011 met in Copenhagen during the COP15 in order to share experience and discuss future challenges. The cities intend to collaborate closer in the future. While heads of state were negotiating CO2 reductions and other measures to improve the global climate, […]

Stockholm tops Green City Index

16 December 09

16 December 2009 A Green City Index was published at the COP15 UN Climate Summit on 8 December. Four of the eight finalists of the European Green Capital Award 2010 and 2011 are in the top five. Copenhagen is ranked as the “greenest” major city in Europe, followed by Stockholm, the 2010 European Green Capital. […]

Two Green Capitals Sign Joint Declaration

4 December 09

4 December 2009 Stockholm (European Green Capital 2010) and Hamburg (European Green Capital 2011) have signed a joint declaration to support each other and achieve common goals. The joint declaration is signed by the Mayor of Hamburg, Ole von Beust, and Vice Mayor of Stockholm, Ulla Hamilton. They state that the environmental policy of the […]

Cities Commit to Climate Protection

26 November 09

24 November 2009 Nearly 300 cities from all over the world have signed the Hamburg Declaration on Climate Protection. The signing was part of the closing of the City Climate Conference which took place on 16-18 November in the 2011 European Green Capital, Hamburg, Germany. In the joint declaration the signatory cities commit themselves to […]

Will your city be the next European Green Capital?

23 October 09

23 October 2009 From today, all cities in Europe with more than 200,000 inhabitants can apply for the European Green Capital Award 2012 and 2013. The application round will close on 1 February 2010. The award scheme is open to the 27 EU Member States, candidate countries (Turkey, FYROM and Croatia) and European Economic Area […]

First European Green Capital Video

1 October 09

1 October 2009 Taxis filling up with ethanol, the Director of Environment and Health riding his bike, and kayaks rowing past the City Hall. The story about Stockholm, the first ever European Green Capital, can now be seen on a three minute video. In the video, the Vice Mayor, Ulla Hamilton explains how Stockholm has […]

Improved Climate for 2000 Urban Areas

25 August 09

25 August 2009 Close windowFreiburg, Germany – a European Green Capital Award finalist – is one of the cities participating in the 2009 Mobility Week. From 16 – 22 September 2009, cities and towns across Europe have the opportunity to participate in one of the biggest and brightest events on sustainable mobility, European Mobility Week. […]

Two Green Capitals Represented at Green Week

3 July 09

3 July 2009 Participants showed their interest when Stockholm and Hamburg, both nominated Green Capitals, last week participated in Green Week in Brussels. Europe’s first two Green Capitals had an exhibition stand at the Green Week 2009 conference in Brussels last week. Around 4000 visitors attended the three day conference which took place from 23rd […]

European Green Capital linking up with Japanese Eco Model Cities

7 May 09

7 May 2009 Just as the title of European Green Capital is awarded every year to a European city, Japanese cities are awarded the title of either Eco Model City or Environmental Capital of Japan. In Japan, the Eco Model City contest has been held since 2001. The aim of the contest is to encourage […]

Green Cities take part in renewable energy conference

14 April 09

14 April 2009 The finalists of the European Green Capital Award will present their work on sustainable energy at the international conference ‘Local Renewables Freiburg 2009’ The conference will focus on ‘Sustainable energy in the urban environment.’ Most of the finalists of the European Green Capital Award will participate, among them the two first European […]

Stockholm Ready to Share Experience

1 April 09

Stockholm, European Green Capital 2010, to share the secrets of its environmental success at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. News that Stockholm has been chosen as the European Green Capital for 2010 has received huge media attention. The story of the Swedish capital’s success in protecting the environment and improving urban living has already appeared […]

Winners Compliment Other Cities

26 February 09

26 February 2009 Members from the two winning delegations, namely Stockholm and Hamburg, were delighted as they, on Monday 23 February, were presented with the European Green Capital award at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Leopold Park in the heart of Brussels. Both delegations took the opportunity to thank the European Commission for initiating the Green […]

Europe to reveal its first Green Capitals

28 January 09

28 January 2009 The countdown has begun: Europe will soon have its first Green Capitals! European Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas will announce the winners of the European Green Capital Award for 2010 and 2011 at a ceremony on 23 February in Brussels. The European Commission’s prestigious new award scheme aims to strengthen sustainable and integrated […]