EU Commission launches competition for next Green Capital


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The European Commission referred to as on December 15 on European cities embarking on the trail to sustainability to apply for the 2024 European Green Capital and 2024 European Inexperienced Leaf Awards.

“To deal with the global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, we need to act fast not only globally, but in addition regionally. Every metropolis has a key position to play within the inexperienced transition,” EU Setting, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius stated. “Our European Inexperienced Capital and Green Leaf Award winners are a true inspiration – they show that by altering the best way we stay, work, and transfer, we create extra livable, green and resilient cities. Now we’re on the lookout for new candidates. I call on European cities to rise to the challenge and embark on the inexperienced journey,” he added.

Based on the Commission, the Awards promote and reward the efforts of European cities and cities striving to enhance the quality of life for his or her inhabitants and scale back their impression on the native and international surroundings.

Profitable cities might be awarded a financial prize and can be a part of the ever-growing community of leading European cities sharing information and experience and galvanizing others to comply with of their footsteps, the Fee stated.

The Awards are open to towns and cities: the European Green Capital Award is open to cities with over 100,000 inhabitants, while the European Green Leaf Award is open to all towns and cities with 20,000 to 99,999 inhabitants, the Fee stated. For this cycle, the Capital and Leaf profitable years have been aligned to provide extra clarity but in addition extra time for the Leaf winners to properly prepare their profitable years. One other novelty is the requirement for cities to offer with their software an overview of actions and occasions for their yr in case they win.

The winner of the Green Capital Award will receive €600,000 and up to two cities will obtain €200,000 each as Green Leaf winners. The monetary prize contributes to supporting the profitable cities in implementing initiatives and measures to reinforce their environmental efficiency and attain out to residents especially during their profitable yr.

The European Inexperienced Capital Award was launched by the European Commission to encourage cities to grow to be greener and cleaner, and to enhance the quality of life for inhabitants. With over two-thirds of Europe’s inhabitants dwelling in cities, cities play a leading position in the social, environmental, and economic transformation prioritized by the European Inexperienced Deal.

Annually, a panel of unbiased urban sustainability specialists assesses the efficiency of the competing cities towards 12 environmental indicators. Constructing upon their suggestion and after factual background checks, as required, the Commission selects the finalists. The winner shall be chosen by a Jury.

Fourteen cities have gained the European Green Capital Award thus far: Stockholm (2010), Hamburg (2011), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), Nantes (2013), Copenhagen (2014), Bristol (2015), Ljubljana (2016), Essen (2017), Nijmegen (2018), Oslo (2019), Lisbon (2020), Lahti (2021), Grenoble (2022) and Tallinn (2023).

Thirteen different cities have gained the European Green Leaf Award: Mollèt del Valles, Spain and Torres Vedras, Portugal (2015); Galway, Ireland (2017); Leuven, Belgium, and Växjö, Sweden (2018); Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain, and Horst aan de Maas, the Netherlands (2019); Limerick, Eire and Mechelen, Belgium (2020); Grabovo, Bulgaria and Lappeenranta, Finland (2021) and Winterswijk, The Netherlands and Valongo, Portugal (2022).