Clear and effective measures towards reducing noise pollution. A protection plan setting new standards for cleaner water. An innovative integrated waste system. 95 % of the population living less than 300 metres from green areas.
These are just some of the reasons why Stockholm was the first city to be awarded the European Green Capital title. In its year as European Green Capital, Stockholm pursued its aim to inspire other cities towards achieving a more sustainable environment, via international conferences, seminars, exhibitions and the official opening of a new tramway, during 2010, demonstrated that Stockholm is greener than ever.
Traditionally known as ‘The Venice of the North’, Stockholm has added more fame to its name. Throughout 2010, Sweden’s capital will celebrated being Europe’s first Green Capital.
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The City of Stockholm operates with a holistic vision, one which combines growth with sustainable development for the benefit of its almost 800,000 citizens. Transport emissions are relatively low, and all trains and inner city buses run on renewable fuels. Furthermore, green house gas emissions have been reduced by 25 % since 1990, and the city council has the ambitious target of becoming wholly independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
In early 2010, the City of Stockholm launched a new Professional Study Visits Programme in an effort to generate local and international environmental awareness and to strengthen networks with other European cities, organisations and research centres.
The programme allowed visitors the opportunity to explore the solutions created by Stockholm in relation to a variety of themes. These included waste management, planning of new urban projects, combating climate change and ensuring an effective and sustainable transportation system….read more
Stockholm – The 2010 European Green Capital
Euronews – Stockholm: Europe’s greenest capital
Stockholm mentioned in New Tang Dynasty Television
CNN World report – Stockholm Green Capital
Stockholm Mayor at MIPIM event 2010
Highlights from the Award Ceremony – 2009
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