awards 2009

Stockholm 2009 - "Urban challenges - sustainable solutions"

The EUROCITIES awards recognise outstanding achievement by EUROCITIES members in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens and will be judged in the context of the theme of the annual conference. Entries are judged by an independent jury of five members from the thematic sector, academia, EU institutions, media and NGO. Jury members change every year.


Innovation: recognising innovation in the planning and implementation of activities or practices by a local authority.

Participation: for activities or practices of a local authority which are successful in actively promoting citizen participation.

Cooperation: awarding cooperation efforts undertaken by a local authority with partner organisations or cities.

Shortlisted cities

Awards for innovation


✭ WINNER - Malaga: Interactive atlas of solar irradiation of Malaga city

The Municipal Energy Management Agency of the municipality of Málaga, Spain, offers on its website a highly accurate tool for computing the amount of solar energy that can be captured at each point of the terrain of the city. This tool has two main advantages. The first consists in providing a high level of detail by computing the captured solar energy on an extraordinarily high resolution Digital Elevation Model of 1meter x 1meter. The second consists in further increasing the precision of the data by considering the shade produced by all elevations that surround each single point of the terrain, including infrastructure and buildings elevations.


Reykjavik: Cost savings without cutbacks

The City Council was challenged with drastically lowering costs to meet a significant fall in revenue following the economic crisis of autumn 2008, without compromising basic public services, raising service charges or laying off staff.

The project’s pivotal objective was “cost savings without cutbacks”. The key approach was to activate the city’s employees to find ways to safeguard the city’s welfare system and jobs.


Utrecht: Cargohopper

The 'Cargohopper' is a special system for the distribution of goods around inner cities, running in Utrecht since April 2009. The Cargohopper itself is a miniature, 16-metre long solar powered electric train riding on pneumatic tires that is used to deliver goods around Utrecht's inner city quarters. The Cargohopper is part of a logistical concept to consolidate goods in urban distribution.

The unique character of Cargohopper is emphasised even more by the fact that since 18 August 2009 it runs completely on solar power energy with the necessary panels attached on the vehicle itself. Where it started by recharging batteries from the normal power grid, it now is independent from any external power supply.

Awards for participation


✭ WINNER - Birmingham: Summerfield Eco Village

Summerfield is a culturally diverse, inner-city area of Birmingham, located in one of the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods. In 2004, residents formed Summerfield Residents Association (SRA). Their aim is to make Summerfield a thriving community. They were particularly keen to reduce household turnover, improve the local environment and tackle ‘eco’ issues in order to encourage a more cohesive and sustainable community. Over the past few years, Family Housing Association (FHA), Birmingham City Council (BCC), Be Birmingham and Urban Living (UL) (a Housing Market Renewal Area Pathfinder project) have worked together in partnership with Summerfield residents to secure funding and deliver a range of innovative programmes of work that address these key issues. Summerfield is now recognised as Birmingham’s first ’Eco Village’.

Dublin: Online FREE trade service

In August 2006, the FREE Trade service, which is hosted on, was officially launched. The web based service allows users to post notices for unwanted household goods and advertise them to other site users. All items are posted for free, and there is no charge to use any part of the service. The service aims to encourage the reuse of items in the community rather than throwing things away. To date over 21,800 items have been reused through the service. The FREE Trade Service, which is funded by the four Dublin Local Authorities provides a valuable reuse option with significant environmental, social, financial and climate change benefits for the community.


Lisbon: Participatory budgeting

The Participatory Budgeting of Lisbon is a process of co-responsibility and commitment between the Municipality of Lisbon and its citizens. It gives an effective power of decision to the citizens to decide which projects to include in the city budget, up to an amount of 5 million euros.

Awards for cooperation


Birmingham: Accelerating decentralised energy networks

The creation of new low carbon decentralised energy networks to improve energy efficiency and to reduce energy imports in Birmingham, required significant political and technological leadership and cooperation amongst partners. Following initial feasibility work (2004), an ESCO (Energy Services Company) partnership with Utilicom was set up in 2006. The first of a series of city centre CHP (Combined Heat and Power) decentralised energy networks was completed in 2007. Two further networks are under construction with operational commencement in 2010/11. In February 2009, the construction programme to renew and rebuild the city’s 89 secondary schools was agreed (the “Building Schools for the Future” programme). Each school will provide the focus for new CHP community based energy networks. The first phase schools will have biomass installations (with outlined CHP expansion capability) in 2010/11.


✭ WINNER - Dortmund: Consultation circle for energy efficiency and climate protection

Long-term effective climate protection is only possible when there is intensive and coordinated cooperation between all stakeholders. The City of Dortmund has set itself the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by the year 2020. It is only possible to implement this successfully if the expert knowledge and commitment of the City, science, business, politics and, last but not least, all Dortmund citizens can be combined. A project group has been formed to achieve this – the Consultation Circle for Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection “Konsultationskreis Energieeffizienz und Klimaschutz” or KEK for short. It comprises 28 high-ranking representatives from different organisations which represent the broad range of competencies and areas of activity required for climate protection. By bringing the different fields of competency together synergy effects are generated which promote integrated solutions in the areas of climate protection and economic growth.


Rotterdam: Rotterdam climate initiative

The RCI is the climate programme of the City of Rotterdam and its partners. The main objective is to achieve a 50% reduction of CO2 -emissions in the city, the port, and the industrial complex by 2025 as compared with 1990. It also promotes the economy and helps to make the City of Rotterdam an attractive place to live. Additional tasks of the RCI include (1) promoting innovation and knowledge development in the area of sustainability; (2) promoting sustainable energy production and (3) generating commitment and support among citizens and the corporate sector. The RCI programme is implemented in a five-pillar approach. The objectives of this approach include a reduction in energy consumption and more efficient energy consumption, an increase of the share of sustainable energy, and capture and storage of CO2.

Jury members

The 2009 Awards jury panel was composed of the following members:

Chairman of the Jury:
Elena Allué de Baro
delegate councillor of promotion and tourism
City of Zaragoza

EU institution:
Wolfgang Petzold
head of unit for communication
European Commission, DG REGIO

Gildo Seisdedos
IE Business School - Madrid

Dominic Lyle
European Association of Communications Agencies

Mario Sasot
"La Vanguardia"