Stockholm – The first European Green Capital
Green city with a national urban park
Stockholm is one of the cleanest capitals in the world. The city was granted the 2010 European Green Capital Award by the EU Commission and has been celebrated as Europe’s first green capital. Applicant cities were evaluated in several ways: climate change, local transport, public green areas, air quality, noise, waste, water consumption, waste water treatment, sustainable utilisation of land, biodiversity and environmental management. Out of 35 participant cities, eight finalists were chosen: Stockholm, Amsterdam, Bristol, Copenhagen, Freiburg, Hamburg, Münster, and Oslo. Some of the reasons why Stockholm won the 2010 European Green Capital Award were: its integrated administrative system, which ensure that environmental aspects are considered in budgets, operational planning, reporting, and monitoring; its cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per capita in ten years; and its decision towards being fossil fuel free by 2050. Stockholm has long demonstrated concern for the environment. The city’s current environmental program is the fifth since the first one was established in mid-1970s. In 2011, Stockholm has passed the title of European Green Capital to Hamburg, Germany.
In the beginning of 2010, Stockholm launched the program Professional Study Visits in order to share the city’s green best practices. The program provide visitors with the opportunity to learn how to address issues such as waste management, urban planning, carbon dioxide emissions, and sustainable and efficient transportation system, among others.
According to the European Cities Monitor 2010, Stockholm is the best city in terms of freedom from pollution. Surrounded by 219 nature reserves, Stockholm has around 1,000 green spaces, which corresponds to 30% of the city’s area. Founded in 1995, the Royal National City Park is the world’s first legally protected "national urban park". For a description of the formation process, value assets and implementation of the legal protection of The Royal National Urban Park, see Schantz 2006. The water in Stockholm is so clean that people can dive and fish in the center of city. As for carbon dioxide emissions, the government goal is to have only clean vehicles in the city by 2011.
ECTS goes Green
The ECTS is aware of the environmental impact of holding a large congress, and is working closely with its suppliers and staff to ensure that environmentally friendly policies are in place. For the Stockholm congress the ECTS has made the following “green” arrangements:
ECTS prefers working with congress centres that have sustainability high on their priority list. The congress centre in Stockholm, the Stockholmsmässan, is constantly developing Stockholmsmässans sustainability work, thus contributing to a more sustainable world.
To read the Stockholmsmässan sustainability policy please click here.
ECTS is committed to ensuring that printing is kept to a minimum and that promotional methods focus more on the website to reduce the amount of waste paper. The Final programme book will be printed on recyclable paper, all printing stations will contain recyclable paper and all flyers handed out by the ECTS will be on recyclable paper. Abstracts will be made available online and on a CD-ROM. The abstract book will not be made available to everyone but delegates have the opportunity to purchase a copy. This way printing of the abstract book will be kept to a minimum. The abstract book will be printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.