Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is named as the Green Capital of Europe
The city of Copenhagen, the capital and most populous city of Denmark has earned an award for commitment to cycling and ambitious climate plan.
After competing with 11 other cities, European Commission has officially crowned Copenhagen as the European Green Capital for 2014. The award recognizes the ambitious climate plans and the mayor of the city, Frank Jensen (S) accepted the award in Brussels.
In a press release, Jensen said that it is a major expression of approval for all the green businesses in the city and Copenhageners who contribute everyday in whichever way they can to make Copenhagen a more sustainable and green city.
Low carbon goal
The city’s efforts to ensure better access to nature areas for Copenhageners, become carbon neutral by 2025, and raise the number of cyclists, are some of the initiatives that swayed the independent jury in the favor of Copenhagen.
Janez Potočnik, the Environment Commissioner of EU congratulated Copenhagen on receiving the award.
Potočnik said the rest of Europe can learn a lot from the Copenhageners’ high quality of life and the city’s climate efforts. This award reflects the fact that Copenhagen is making important efforts to expand its urban space in order to provide a more sustainable and healthy city for Copenhageners.
Celebrations in 2014
Together with 75 partner businesses and organizations, Copenhagen will celebrate the title of Green Capital by putting on events throughout 2014.
On 22nd January, 2014, the events will be kick off at Rådhuspladsen’s City Hall Square, and around the inner city’s other public spaces. In the beginning of January, a full programme will be published.
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