The city of Hamburg, situated on the banks of the river Elbe, has a population of about 1.8 million and faces numerous metropolitan challenges. However Germany’s second largest city combines comprehensive approaches, policy -commitment and the necessary funding needed to resolve these challenges. On the whole, it has an integrated and participative planning strategy and a strong commitment towards a “green” vision.
The quality of local ambient air is very good, and there are well defined targets, excellent results, future plans and structured monitoring with respect to climate change.
Hamburg sought green answers to metropolitan challenges and, and had innovative ideas on how to share their experience and best practice as the European Green Capital of 2011.