European Green Capital

On 21st January, the town of Essen, Germany was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2017.Being the European Green Capital creates more incentive for cities around Europe to become more sustainable and to raise environmental awareness within the community.Additionally, the title has proven to improve the cities’ tourism and aggregate population, because more people are attracted to the city  if it is

Ljubljana will become the new 2016 Green Capital of Europe at a high profile launch event and handover ceremony in Brussels on 9th February.  The year is an important opportunity for the holder to showcase sustainable urban development, share best practices and encourage other cities across Europe to become greener, healthier and more sustainable. The ceremony will serve to highlight Bristol’s accomplishments as European Green Capital 2015.

Copenhagen has been officially awarded the title of European Green Capital 2014, taking over from Nantes at a handover ceremony in Brussels. The Danish capital was awarded the title following an intensive Europe-wide competition.

Environment Commissioner Potočnik congratulated Copenhagen on winning the title. “Europe has much to learn from Copenhagen’s efforts to improve environmental sustainability, and from the quality of life its citizens enjoy”, he said.

On Friday June 14th the 2015 European Green Capital winner was announced in Nantes the current holder of the title from the 4 finalists: Brussels (Belgium), Bristol (UK), Glasgow (UK) and Ljubljana (Slovenia). Bristol will now become (after two straight years as a finalist) the 2015 European Green Capital. The award is fasting becoming a key target for green government and is rising fast in prestige. Brussels and the 2013 winner Nantes (France), as well as the Green Capital organizers, all had stands at Green Week promoting the award and their involvement.