Hamburg is the European Green Capital 2011 | Going Green | The Earth Times   Leave a comment

Hamburg has vision, measurable goals and  definitive strategies to get, keep it on track and ultimately reach its enironmental goals. All cities can achieve that  if they aspire to and enforce their collective will.

 

“Taking over the crown from Stockholm, Hamburg has emerged the European Green Capital 2011 in the competition organised by the European Commission. The European Commission believes that the future of European environmental protection lies in the hands of its cities who have to manage its resources of energy and combat issues of climate change since they have the most potential to develop and apply solutions to battling matters that harm the environment.

That’s why its creation of the title European Green Capital has a three fold objective of rewarding cities who have shown environmental awareness and a consistency in green practices, to encourage them to act as role models to other cities in Europe and set plans to  achieve optimum environmentally friendly standards of living and functioning. Hamburg with its population of about 1.8 million has aimed to reduce its green house gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Its climate change combat plan for 2010 was a comprehensive one. Hamburg’s long term vision and future strategies for its environmental initiatives saw it emerge a winner.

More than rewards

But winning here isn’t just about prizes. The city now has to frame and implement intelligent solutions to its issues of urban living, development of its renewable energies and aim to increase sustainable consumption.”

via Hamburg is the European Green Capital 2011 | Going Green | The Earth Times.

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Posted July 31, 2011 by arnoneumann in Cities, Green

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