Finalists announced for European Green Capital 2019 and European Green Leaf 2018 Awards
Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland), Lisbon (Portugal), Oslo (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) are the five finalists shortlisted for the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) 2019. For the European Green Leaf (EGL) Award 2018 for smaller cities, the finalists are Leuven (Belgium), Ludwigsburg (Germany) and Växjö (Sweden).
Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries,said: “I would like to congratulate the finalists of the European Green Capital 2019 and European Green Leaf 2018 Awards. This year the competition was fierce, with the record number of applicants for both awards. The best part about this shortlist is that the nominees are literally from the four corners of Europe. North, south, east and western cities are represented. This is a sure sign that the European Green Capital Awards idea has truly taken root. The diversity of experiences that these nominees bring show that there are many and varied paths to becoming a modern Green city.”
Over two thirds of Europeans now live in urban areas, presenting cities across Europe with problems related to energy consumption, pollution, waste management, housing, unemployment, transport, and water conservation. By showcasing the achievements of European cities in tackling these issues, the EGC and EGL Awards aim to lead by example and inspire others to take action. The shortlisted cities will now have to convince the Jury of their overall commitment to ongoing environmental improvement and sustainable development, their capacity to act as a role model, and their strategy for communicating with the public. This year’s winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 2 June 2017 in Essen, Germany, the current European Green Capital.