Copenhagen Kicks Off a Year as  

Green Capital of Europe

2014.01.22

Copenhagen will switch on three new wind turbines, light 30,000 candles and host a party for winter bathers to celebrate being named this year's European Green Capital. The celebrations will kick off the green year under the slogan 'Sharing Copenhagen'.

CPH Habour Bath by Kontraframe

Copenhagen is not only the capital of Denmark in 2014, but also the European Green Capital. Under the slogan 'Sharing Copenhagen' the mission is to share and develop sustainable solutions. Events held across the city on January 22 and January 23 will kick-start the year.

- "Copenhageners cycle every day, sort their rubbish and support the use of wind and biomass instead of coal at the city's power stations. That is why Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital 2014. The green transition has helped raise the Copenhageners’ standard of living, while the ambitious goals and enormous investments help create economic growth and new jobs for businesses," says Copenhagen Lord Mayor Frank Jensen.

The European Commission awarded the prize to Copenhagen in recognition of the city's initiatives to make the city even greener while raising the standard of living. A world-renowned example are the harbour baths, where on Thursday afternoon, swimmers are invited to plunge into the icy waters to celebrate the harbour's clean water. The prize also recognises Copenhagen's ambitious goal to become carbon-neutral by 2025. On Wednesday, the city utility company HOFOR and the Deputy Mayor for Technical and Environmental affairs, Morten Kabell, will inaugurate three new windmills on the artificial island of Prøvestenen that will contribute to the city's transition to green energy.

After earning the title, Copenhagen is obliged to be a role model for the rest of Europe. Tackling the challenges presented by climate change requires collaboration, which is why Copenhagen City Council is working with 75 partners this year, ranging from small local organisations to large businesses such as Rambøll and Siemens.

The year will see a range of green experiences, such as bring & buy markets and a large harvest festival, while professionals from around the world have been invited to Copenhagen to attend conferences and masterclasses to share information about the latest climate solutions.

Read more at sharingcopenhagen.dk.

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