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Copenhagen named European Green Capital 2014

16 August 2012

Copenhagen (Denmark) has won the European Green Capital award for 2014. The Danish capital was awarded the prestigious title by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik in early June. The award jury praised the city for its achievements in the fields of eco-innovation and sustainable mobility, and its commitment to act as a role model for the green economy in Europe and beyond. The city’s green procurement policy also contributed to its win.

The city’s procurement strategy supports its ambition to become one of the world’s first fully carbon neutral cities by 2025, by ensuring that climate and environmental requirements are present in procurement policy across the board. Other means to achieve this include through heavily investing in solar cells and wind power, converting power stations from fossil fuels to biomass and reducing energy consumption amongst citizens. The city will also be extensively retrofitting housing, and improving energy efficiency in transport, heating and industry.

Copenhagen placed public-private partnerships at the core of its approach to eco-innovation and sustainable employment, working with companies, universities and organisations to develop and implement green growth. Copenhagen is also using its expertise to help other regions go green through Danida, the Danish Development Assistance. In Jakarta (Indonesia) the Danish Environmental Support Program is helping to create green buildings and to further develop Indonesia’s green economy.

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