The European Green Capital Award for 2014

The Danish city of Copenhagen has won the European Green Capital Award for 2014. The award was presented by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik at a ceremony in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, the current holder of the title, on Friday evening. Copenhagen received special praise for its achievements, notably in terms of eco-innovation and sustainable mobility, its commitment to act as a role model for the green economy, in Europe and beyond, and for an exceptionally promising communication strategy.

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. One city is chosen from a large number of applicants, every year. The jury considered Copenhagen’s Green Business Model to be an example of sustainable economic development, approaching environmental, economic and social concerns, with great potential for replication in other cities of the world. The city works with companies, universities and organizations in dedicated forums to develop and implement green growth.


18 cities applied for the competition to become the European Green Capital 2014. Each entry was assessed by an international panel of 12 experts and three cities were shortlisted –Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt. The shortlisted cities were interviewed by a Jury of representatives from 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.

The European Green Capital Award is ultimately about making cities more pleasant places to live and work in. The award goes to an European city that has demonstrated a well-established record of achieving high environmental standards, is committed to on-going and ambitious goals for future environmental improvement and sustainable development and is leading the way in environmentally friendly urban living and can thus act as a model to inspire other cities.

Stockholm was the first city that was awarded by the EU Comission in 2010 as the  European Green Capital. The following year, the green torch was passed on to Hamburg - the European Green Capital of 2011. Vitoria-Gasteiz- Spain won this title in 2012 and the French city of Nantes was the European Green Capital in 2013.

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