Wishing you a Happy European Green Capital New Year!
8th January 2014
On behalf of everyone involved in the European Green Capital Award, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year!
2014 sees a new European Green Capital – the City of Copenhagen. Copenhagen is a highly successful role model for the green economy, with an efficient communication strategy and the commitment required to develop its role as a model for Europe and beyond.
Copenhagen, as a Covenant of Mayors Signatory, set a target to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020. The city introduced the Copenhagen Climate Plan in 2009, to reduce GHG emissions by 20% from its 2005 levels by 2015. In 2012, the European Green Capital 2014 reduced its CO2 emissions by 24% – which can almost entirely be attributed to the use of wind power. This is despite the fact that the population during this period increased by 10%.
With clear and effective measures in place to help shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, Copenhagen is clearly on its way to achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. In 2025, Copenhageners’ electricity and heating will be based on wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy, waste and solar energy.
The jury singled out Copenhagen as a good model in terms of urban planning and design. It is also something of a transport pioneer, aiming to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists. Its goal is to have 50% of people cycling to their place of work or education by 2015 (35% cycled to their workplace or school in 2010), helping the city reach their 2025 carbon neutral target.
With all of these initiatives Copenhagen is once again showing its commitment to ongoing, ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development, and acting as an excellent role model for the rest of Europe.
For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.