Urban sustainability

The Commission announced today the finalists for the European Green City Awards. The European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards recognise the remarkable efforts of cities and towns to improve their living environment. Based on 12 environmental indicators for the Green Capital, and on six environmental topic areasSearch for available translations of the preceding link••• for the Green Leaf awards, the following European cities have been selected as finalists.

The finalists for the European Green Capital Award 2024 are:

Valencia (Spain) and Cagliari (Italy).

The finalists for the European Green Leaf Award 2024 are:

Elsinore (Denmark)Velenje (Slovenia) and Bistrița (Romania).

Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries,Virginijus Sinkevičius, said:

“Cities are at the heart of our fight against the climate, pollution and biodiversity crises. It’s about tackling air pollution, advancing clean mobility, reducing energy consumption in buildings, greening urban spaces, and looking in a completely different way at waste management. You are showing Europe the way and leading efforts to deliver the systemic and long-term changes the European Green Deal calls for. I wish this year’s European Green Capital and Green Leaf finalists the best of luck on this path.”

What’s next?

In October, the finalists will present their cities to the Jury Panel chaired by the European Commission. The finalists will outline their communication strategy along with an action plan showing how the city will fulfil their European Green Capital year, if they win. The winners will be announced on 27 October 2022 at the Awards Ceremony in this year’s Green Capital, Grenoble in France.

The European Green Capital winner will receive a financial prize of €600,000 to implement their strategy and engage and mobilise their citizens and stakeholders. The title of European Green Leaf is awarded to one or two cities. Each winner is granted a financial prize of €200,000 to help organise their year and spark further transformational activities.

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