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Looking back on Copenhagen’s Year as European Green Capital 2014

On the 29th June 2012, Ayfer Baykal, former Copenhagen Mayor for techniques and environment, accepted the Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 Award from the European Commission’s panel of judges in Vitoria-Gastiez. Receiving this prestigious award was a testament to the hard work of the city and its citizens in creating a sustainable urban environment. Since then a great deal has happened to mark Copenhagen’s year as European Green Capital. We have decided to showcase some of the highlights to celebrate the end of Copenhagen’s year.

  • The 24th June 2014 saw Copenhagen host the European Green Capital 2016 Award Ceremony in The Black Diamond, part of Copenhagen’s Royal Library.
  • On 9th August 2014 the City Hall Square was transformed into a massive clothing exchange market booming with everything from vintage to high street and luxury fashion. The Fashion Xchange provided people with the opportunity to renew their wardrobe in an eco-friendly fashion.
  • Copenhagen’s green aspirations played an essential role in the hosting of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Everything about the event was carried out in an eco-friendly way, from food and beverages provision, to transport and also waste management. The city even constructed new cycle paths connecting the Eurovision Island to the city centre making it as easy as possible for visitors to choose an eco-friendly mode of transport during their stay.

We would like to congratulate Copenhagen on its successful year as European Green Capital and wish them the best of luck with their future environmental endeavours. The European Green Capital Award is a celebration of cities that are rising to the challenge of successfully combining respect for the environment, excellent quality of life, and economic growth. As Copenhagen has shown, winners are committed to improving environmental performance, but winning is not an end in itself.

Director General for the Environment, Mr. Karl Falkenberg, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, Mayor of Copenhagen, Mr. Frank Jensen, Mayor of Bristol, Mr. George Ferguson, Copenhagen Mayor of Technical and Environmental Administration, Mr. Morten Kabell pictured at the Handover Ceremony with representatives of the Youth Climate Change Summit

Director General for the Environment, Mr. Karl Falkenberg, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, Mayor of Copenhagen, Mr. Frank Jensen, Mayor of Bristol, Mr. George Ferguson, Copenhagen Mayor of Technical and Environmental Administration, Mr. Morten Kabell pictured at the Handover Ceremony with representatives of the Youth Climate Change Summit

Last week the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, turned the page of the “Green Book” to mark the passing of the European Green Capital designation from Copenhagen to Bristol, for 2015.

During its year as European Green Capital 2015, Bristol plans to emphasise the importance of finding shared solutions to environmental challenges. Bristol’s European Green Capital programme for 2015 focuses on three important themes: Learning, Innovation and Leadership.

To find out more about previous European Green Capital winners click here.