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Hamburg celebrates green capital accolade

In Europe's Green Capital 2011 urban planners want to take sustainability beyond the award.

Project goal: To act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices across the EU
Climate goal: Reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020
Project agenda: Climate neutral urban planning, boosting cycling networks, public transport and the number of green taxis, promoting electro-mobility, improving recycling options.

Hamburg has scooped the title European Green Capital of 2011, beating the competition by showing how a booming industrial metropolis can reconcile economic efficiency with environmental protection. It’s set itself some ambitious targets, including massively reducing carbon emissions.

A film by Christina Roeder

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Green capital Hamburg

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