Copenhagen European Green Capital in 2014
By Anne Eckstein | Monday 02 July 2012
The Danish capital city of Copenhagen has won the European Green Capital Award for 2014. Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik presented the award, on 29 June, at a ceremony in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, which currently holds the title. Copenhagen is recognised for its achievements in the areas of eco-innovation and sustainable mobility, its commitment to act as a model for the green economy in Europe and for its exceptionally promising communication strategy.
The jury found that Copenhagen’s green business model is an example of sustainable development that tackles environmental, economic and social concerns. The city aims to be a transport pioneer and to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists. Its goal is to have 50% of people cycling to their place of work or education in 2015 (compared with 35% in 2010), helping the city become CO
2 neutral in 2025.
The European Green Capital Award is an annual prize that encourages cities to improve the quality of urban life by systematically taking the environment into account in urban planning and management. Eighteen cities competed for the 2014 award. Each entry was assessed by an international jury of 12 experts, which shortlisted three cities: Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt. The three finalists were then interviewed by a jury comprising representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the European Environment Agency, ICLEI (local governments for sustainability), the Covenant of Mayors Office and the European Environmental Bureau. Further information is available at