Copenhagen has been awarded the EU Commission’s European Green Capital Award for 2014

The Danish capital is receiving the prize for, amongst other reasons, getting more people to cycle and for the city’s ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Three out of four Europeans live in towns and cities, placing mayor cities at the heart of the environmental challenges. For a considerable period of time now, Copenhagen has taken on the challenge. Copenhageners are good at leaving the car in the garage and taking their bikes instead, they can go for a swim in the clean water of the harbour and Copenhagen has just published a green account that shows remarkable reductions in carbon emissions. For these reasons, the Danish capital is now getting a green pat on the back from the EU Commission in the form of a prize as European Green Capital 2014 - ahead of 17 other European cities.

- This is international recognition of our dedicated efforts, says Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, and continues:

- And it is something Copenhageners can be really proud of every time they get on their bikes or take a swim in one of the harbour swimming pools. Our efforts are not only about a greener Copenhagen. They are also about a healthier Copenhagen and a Copenhagen which is nice to live in.

To become European Green Capital 2014, Copenhagen and the other 17 candidates were judged by a panel of experts in twelve specific areas within the sectors of environment, climate and green growth. Copenhagen was awarded top marks ahead of all the other cities. In nine of the twelve areas, the technical jury assessed Copenhagen to have achieved the best or second best results of all 18 cities.

- Copenhagen leads the field in many areas, but we are constantly working on giving Copenhageners an even greener and more liveable city. So, we want to show the rest of Europe how to make green urban solutions that work and create new possibilities for the citizens. At the same time, we want to learn new things from other cities all over Europe so we can make Copenhagen an even better place to live, says Ayfer Baykal, Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Mayor.

Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster’s Executive Director, Marianna Lubanski looks forward to Copenhagen show casing Copenhagens Green solutions:

- To showcase our Region’s strong cleantech competences we need global attention. The European Green Capital Award is a great platform for this and at the CCC we look forward to help turning the attention into tangible results like growth and job creation, she says.