2011 – Hamburg

The city of Hamburg, situated on the banks of the river Elbe, has a population of about 1.8 million and faces numerous metropolitan challenges. However Germany’s second largest city combines comprehensive approaches, policy -commitment and the necessary funding needed to resolve these challenges. On the whole, it has an integrated and participative planning strategy and a strong commitment towards a “green” vision.

The quality of local ambient air is very good, and there are well defined targets, excellent results, future plans and structured monitoring with respect to climate change.

Hamburg sought green answers to metropolitan challenges and, and had innovative ideas on how to share their experience and best practice as the European Green Capital of 2011.

Massive Energy Savings

It should be mentioned that Hamburg has set ambitious climate protection goals such as reducing its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 and by 80% by the year 2050. CO2 emissions per person have been reduced by about 15% when compared to 1990, with annual energy savings of some 46,000 MWh, a major achievement for a big city.The Port of Hamburg on the river Elbe is Europe’s second largest in terms of number of containers handled. With a growing number of containers entering and leaving the port, expansion is a continuously discussed issue. However, geographical expansion into the surrounding area is, intentionally, just not pursued. Instead, the increasing need for greater capacity is met by making more efficient use of allocated land and by generating new areas through filling-up expendable harbour basins.

Excellent Public Transport

The city has also achieved high environmental standards and good performance levels in terms of cycling and public transport indicators. Almost all citizens have access to optimal public transport within 300 meters of their given location. There is also a systematic structure for green areas which allow citizens easy accessibility.

Hamburg’s Train of Ideas

The Train of Ideas

The City of Hamburg launched the “Train of Ideas” on the 15th April 2011. The Train of Ideas had seven carriages, each one looking at a different aspect of life in a green city such as mobility, energy, climate protection, nature, economy and consumption. Hamburg targeted the broadest international audience and presented its own best practices, as well as examples from other cities, from the local to the global perspective.

Visitors to this mobile exhibition were able to see how cities can become more sustainable and environmentally friendly places where people enjoy a high quality of life. The Train was of interest to experts and visitors of all ages and stopped  in a number of cities including Warsaw, Malmö, Copenhagen, Brussels, Vienna, Barcelona and Marseilles.  A video blog from the train in all the cities visited can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at the inauguration of the Train of Ideas

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Hamburg application
Hamburg presentation
Hamburg’s Post-Assessment Report for 2011
Hamburg’s Five Year Report – ‘Hamburg European Green Capital: 5 Years On

For a short overview of Hamburg as the European Green Capital 2011, view the winning cities leaflet here (Click language icons below to view)
To discover Hamburg in detail, please view our Quality Brochure (Click language icons below to view)

Photos from award ceremony
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Don’t Miss out! Be the Next European Green Capital (2014)- Why Hamburg is European Green Capital, 2011
Hamburg – The 2011 European Green Capital
Hamburg European Green Capital 2011, Kick off Event
Hamburg – European Green Capital 2011
Highlights from the Award Ceremony – 2009

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