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Hungary Designs First Plastic Electric Bus

24 October 14

The design of the bus and electric engine means that it is much quieter and more environmentally friendly than other conventional buses.

Ljubljana Renovates Republic Square

15 October 14

For half of a century the Republic Square (Trg Republike) located in the centre of the city in front of the Slovenian Parliament served as a parking surface.

The Bristol Skipchen

Operating a strictly Pay-as-you-feel (PAYF) policy, the café only serves meals which have been made from ingredients sourced from local restaurants and organisations that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Ljubljana becomes the first EU capital to adopt Zero Waste Goal

8 October 14

The Slovenian capital along with three other municipalities, Vrhnika, Borovnica and Log Dragomer joined the European network of Zero Waste communities.

Copenhagen receive funding for new pedestrian and bicycle bridge

The City of Copenhagen has received between €12 – 16 million in funding to build a bridge for both cyclists and pedestrians across Copenhagen’s famous harbour.

Burlington generates 100% of electricity from renewable sources

1 October 14

According to Burlington’s Electric Department energy efficiency investments save consumers more than $10.1 million of retail electric costs annually.

Stockholm among Winners in 2014 Mayors Challenge

The Mayors Challenge encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that have the potential to spread to other cities.

Aarhus Launches Smart Mobility Project

24 September 14

Launched last week at European Mobility Week, the Smart Mobility Project aims to reduce congestion by encouraging residents to change their transport behaviour.

The Brighton Waste House

The Brighton Waste House is Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from recycled materials.

Protecting the environment is important to Europeans

17 September 14

The survey aimed to assess the perceptions, attitudes and practices of EU citizens towards the environment.

London to invest in hybrid buses that could charge wirelessly

From 2015, the new charging technology will be trialed on up to four extended range diesel electric hybrid buses in east London.

Copenhagen’s Cycle Snake

10 September 14

The city of Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 has completed an elevated cycle path which aims to improve accessibility and safety for Copenhagen’s cyclists.

Rolling Geeks Talking Electric Cars

Tourists and locals can now take in the sights of Cottonera in Malta using a fleet of talking electric cars.

Car-sharing benefits in Brussels

3 September 14

The initiative aims to increase the number of people car sharing while reducing the number of unnecessary trips to the city by car.

Barcelona’s Rainwater Harvesting Vertical Garden

The Raval Theatre located in Pedró Square in Barcelona includes an eco-innovative planting and watering system that is entirely self-sufficient.

GreenHopping – Changing the Future of Travel

27 August 14

Launched in May 2013, GreenHopping highlights European green destinations, businesses and local initiatives that make a difference and contribute to a better environmental future.

Rotterdam’s first full-scale water square

The City of Rotterdam has completed a unique project which aims to control flooding and heavy rainfall.

Fire Hydrant-Water Fountains

20 August 14

Residents and commuters in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood of Montreal will be able to drink straight out of two reinvented fire hydrant fountains.

EU developing new driverless car parking system

Researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK and Switzerland are developing fully automated electric vehicles that will be able to navigate their way to charging stations or parking spaces.

Water re-use in Europe – have your say

13 August 14

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a variety of potential EU measures that would encourage the re-use of treated wastewater.

Italian team wins the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

An Italian team was awarded first place at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 which took place from 14th – 19th July 2014 in Versailles, France.

Madrid the first city in the world to apply sustainability criteria to parking

6 August 14

The city of Madrid has introduced smart parking meters that charge more for cars that have higher emissions.

Nominations open for 2015 Sustainable Transport Award

The 10th Annual Sustainable Transport Award is now open for nominations.

Consultation on “The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda”

30 July 14

On 22nd July, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn officially launched a public consultation

Reverse vending machines reward recycling

New vending machines around the city of Sydney, Australia, will reward citizens for depositing empty plastic bottles and cans.

Clean energy projects receive €1billion from Commission

24 July 14

The European Commission has awarded €1billion funding to 19 projects to combat climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 funding programme.

Energy Duck could generate Solar and Hydro Power

The Energy Duck is a renewable energy generator and storehouse designed by a London-based team.

Regions and cities invited to plan circular economy with ACR+

16 July 14

ACR+ would like to support local and regional authorities and in adopting ambitious circular economy strategies.

Germany opens first carbon neutral Station

The 4.3 million euro project is part of Deutsche Bahn’s ‘Grüner Bahnhof’ (Green Station) programme and incorporates high-tech eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies.

Bike rental scheme for kids launches in Paris

9 July 14

City authorities in Paris have extended the popular Velib rental bike program to children. On 18th June 2014, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, officially launched the scheme known as P’tit Velib.

Commission to maximise job opportunities in green economy

The European Commission has adopted a Communication highlighting the opportunities of the existing transition towards a green, low carbon, energy and resource-efficient economy.

Ljubljana’s drinkable water fountains

2 July 14

Ljubljana, European Green Capital 2016 impressed the Jury with its efforts to generate awareness among citizens that high quality drinking water is a valuable resource and water from all sources must be considered appropriately.

2016 European Green Capital Award Ceremony

On 24th June 2014 the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana was announced as the winner of the 2016 European Green Capital Award. The award ceremony, hosted by this year’s European Green Capital, Copenhagen.

Zero waste shopping on the rise in Europe

25 June 14

The number of supermarkets in Europe minimising packaging is continuing to rise. Several European cities are now offering people a greener way to shop.

Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award 2016

24 June 14

Ljubljana has today been named European Green Capital 2016. The announcement was made at the Award Ceremony hosted by the current European Green Capital, Copenhagen earlier today.

EU records lowest greenhouse gas emissions

18 June 14

According to official data from the European Environment Agency (EEA), the EU’s research and information centre on the environment, greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union continued to fall in 2012.

Generation Awake winners exhibit designs at Green Week

The winning designs of Generation Awake’s Young Designers Contest were on display as part of the Green Week conference, which took place in Brussels.

European Green Capital Secretariat attend Green Week 2014

11 June 14

This month the European Green Capital Award Secretariat attended Green Week, the biggest annual conference on environment policy in Europe, at The Egg in Brussels, Belgium.

London’s FoodSave scheme to reduce food waste

A new initiative in London is dramatically changing the way in which restaurants and hotels address the issue of food waste.

Will your city be the European Green Capital in 2017?

4 June 14

The Commission will launch the search to find the city that will inherit the prestigious title for 2017 during European Green Week.

Climate Change – Urban areas most at risk

A new report has established that cities now contribute to 37-49% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Stockholm is ‘Europe’s best city for commuters’

28 May 14

Stockholm has been named as ‘Europe’s best city for commuters’ according to a recent report compiled by international consultancy company Arthur D Little.

Vertical Forest in Milan near completion

The world’s first vertical forest located in the Porta Nuova district of Milan is nearing completion. The Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri aims to inspire greater urban biodiversity.

Smart streets and solar roadways

21 May 14

Solar Roadways are currently developing a solar road surface which could have the potential, if installed countrywide, to produce enough renewable energy to supply an entire country.

From derelict flyover to urban sky park

Campaigners in Liverpool, England, have been successful in their first attempt to transform a derelict flyover into an urban sky park.

World’s First Energy Sufficient Island

14 May 14

The smallest and southernmost of Spain’s Canary Islands, El Hierro, is set to become the first island in the world to be fully energy self-sufficient, thanks to a system of combined wind and water power.

Stockholm a fossil fuel-free city by 2050

The City of Stockholm has announced plans to become a fossil fuel-free city by 2050. In order to achieve this long term goal, a roadmap was developed alongside a one-year broad consultation process led by the city.

Urban Green Spaces Increase Happiness

7 May 14

For many years scientists have suggested that a person’s wellbeing could be linked to proximity to urban green spaces. Two recent studies have attempted to take a more scientific look at the correlation between health impacts and better access to urban green spaces.

UK’s biggest environmental festival is back

The European Green Capital 2015, Bristol, has announced the full programme for the UK’s biggest environmental festival which will take place from 14th – 22nd June 2014 as part of Bristol’s Big Green Week.

Copenhagen’s bike practices can create jobs

30 April 14

World Health Organisation (WHO) survey shows over 76600 people could become employed in the sector of eco-friendly transport every year.

European Cities shortlisted for Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies have just announced the 21 European cities that have been shortlisted as final contenders in its 2013 – 2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition aimed at inspiring cities to generate innovative ideas that will solve major challenges and improve city life, and that ultimately can spread to other cities.

London to Trial ‘Smart’ Pedestrian Crossings

23 April 14

London City is set to trial a new “Smart” pedestrian crossing system in the coming months. The scheme will be one of the first of its kind in the world. The new system, called Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique (SCOOT) uses cameras to figure out how many people are waiting to cross the street […]

European Green Capital Secretariat attend ICLEI Global Town Hall® @ Metropolitan Solutions 2014

23rd April 2014 This month the European Green Capital Award Secretariat attended The Metropolitan Solutions Annual International Trade Show at the largest tradeshow arena in the world in Hannover, Germany.  The aim of the tradeshow is to bring together city and business representatives to discuss innovative urban infrastructure solutions. The European Green Capital stand was […]

Eurovision Song Contest Goes Green

16 April 14

16th April 2014 Copenhagen is renowned as an environmentally friendly and green city having been awarded the European Green Capital Award for 2014. This year, the green aspirations of the city will play an essential role in the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. Everything about the event will be carried out in an eco-friendly […]

Parisians start food waste programme

16th April 2014 Restaurants in Paris are preparing to introduce a new system of organic waste collection. This initiative will precede a new law which will force French food outlets to recycle their organic waste. By collecting organic waste, the initiative aims to facilitate the exploitation of biological waste, an important component in the production […]

Open Call for Expert Panel Members

9 April 14

9th April 2014 Applications are now being accepted for persons wishing to become a member of the European Green Capital Expert Panel. The Panel is composed of 12 internationally acknowledged experts in our 12 environmental indicator areas: Climate change: Mitigation & Adaptation Local transport Green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use Nature and biodiversity Ambient […]

Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå shortlisted for European Green Capital 2016

3 April 14

3rd April 2014 Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå have been shortlisted from 12 entries across Europe to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2016 Award, organised by the European Commission. View the press release here. The European Green Capital Award is presented to one European city every year, rewarding its […]

Clean Air Bubbles in Beijing

2nd April 2014 In recent years, the government in Beijing, China, has come under increasing pressure to put in place measures to reduce the effects of air pollution as a result of power plants, burning fossil fuels and transport emissions. Architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic bubbles filled with fresh air. […]

Eindhoven introduces Sustainable Smart Lighting Systems

26 March 14

Computer controlled lighting automatically switches off when streets are unoccupied.

Copenhagen Awarded the Highest Certification in Sustainability: DGNB

North Harbour is slowly being transformed into an urban area where districts will be designed as small islets that are openly connected with the water.

Barcelona announced as inaugural European Capital of Innovation: “iCapital”

19 March 14

Spanish city was chosen for creating the best “innovation ecosystem” – involving citizens, public organisations, academia and businesses.

Brussels, a “passive” iconic city

Brussels is one of the most ‘passive’ cities in Europe; as a result of the regional government’s 2009 decision to fully embrace passive constructions.

Bristol City to plant 36,000 trees

12 March 14

TreePips programme aims to encourage every primary school-aged child in Bristol to plant a tree by 2017.

Finalists for Sustainable Mobility Awards Announced

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 24th March in Brussels.

Oslo introduces buses powered by a by-product of food waste

5 March 14

New biogas liquefaction plant will produce biomethane from household food waste which will provide biofuel for buses in Oslo.

Aluminium recycling in Germany hits 89%

26 February 14

Recycling of aluminium packaging in Germany reaches its highest ever level.

€75,000 secured for Dublin bike sharing scheme

Funding secured to complete a feasibility study for South County Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

One year of free public transport in Tallinn, Estonia

19 February 14

Results presented at the annual POLIS conference .

2014 Champions of the Earth Award

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a call for nominations.

World’s largest solar powered bridge opens in London

12 February 14

Blackfriars solar bridge will generate enough power to meet half of Blackfriars station’s electricity needs.

Europe 2020: Capital of Innovation – Six finalist cities announced

Barcelona, Espoo, Grenoble, Groningen, Malaga and Paris shortlisted.

Umeå launch green parking scheme

5 February 14

City sets up a pilot project known as the Green Parking Purchase programme.

34 cities contending for the ‘Earth Hour Capital 2014’ title

Cities receive special recognition by the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) for their impressive activities on climate change.

Copenhagen’s Grand Opening

29 January 14

Sharing Copenhagen, European Green Capital 2014 officially launched.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spanish Gastronomy Capital 2014

The European Green Capital 2012 receives award recognising the creativity of Spanish gastronomic professionals as well as its products and denominations of origin.

Eurobarometer poll surveys European urban mobility

22 January 14

40 per cent of Europeans experience difficulties when travelling in cities.

Siena starts the New Year as Europe’s first carbon free city

Italian city has met its target to become a carbon neutral city ahead of schedule.

Rīga and Umeå: European Capitals of Culture in 2014

15 January 14

Cultural programme will officially begin on 17th January in Rīga and on 31st January in Umeå.

New Year, New Focus: EEA priorities in 2014

European Environment Agency launches new 5-year work programme and a new set of environmental policy priorities.

The European Green Capital Award Handover Ceremony 2013

8 January 14

Nantes hand over their title to Copenhagen for 2014.

The European Green Capital Award Handover Ceremony 2013

Nantes hand over their title to Copenhagen for 2014.

Wishing you a Happy European Green Capital New Year!

2014 sees a new European Green Capital – the City of Copenhagen.