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EU Green Capital Award 2024

The EU Green Capital Award, which began in the 2010s, aims to improve the environment of 15 EU cities and the Association of Estonian cities. The award is linked to the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, and it is evident that it is improving the environment of its cities.

The Spanish city of Valencia, Velenje in Slovenian, and Elsinore in Denmark became Europeans frontrunners by winning the 2024 Awards. The announcement was made at the ceremony in Grenoble, France.  These are some of the important fronts of the ecological goals made so far, in order to build a greener Europe and restore its natural ecosystem:

  • The effort behind Valencia’s improvement is related to climate neutrality, sustainable tourism, as well as fair and inclusive green transition. Indeed, 97% of the city’s inhabitants live within 300 meters of green urban areas.

  • Elsinore, a Danish city, bases their goals on energy renovation of buildings, reinventing the sewage system to avoid water wastage, and efficiently adapting water treatment to conserve resources.

  • The Slovenian city of Velenje applied the motto “from black to green & bright”, which refers to their waste collection system that has been improving in many municipalities in a move towards zero waste.

The Award ceremony comes on Wednesday 26 October 2022, at a timely moment when the EU Commission proposed rules on surface and groundwater pollutants, tackling urban wastewater and ambient air. There’s also been a stark shift in public knowledge about the climate action countries have been taking for many years. Indeed, winning the award for being the greenest capital in the EU has many benefits, including:

  • Positive media coverage

  • Increase in international profile, networking and new alliances

  • More emphasis on environmental projects through sponsorship

  • Organisation of national and international events (Opening Ceremony, Jury Meeting, EU Green Capital Award Ceremony, and Network Meetings

  • New opportunities – green capitals have successfully exported their green products, processes, and service

How will the green deal work? One major aspect of the Green Capital Award relating to the Green Deal is to put its directives under political pressure. To overcome the challenges the EU have proposed: no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, economic growth decoupled from resource use, and no person or place left behind.

In part, one of these initiatives is the Green Award. A disruptive change is required. Indeed, it is a great way to create environmentally friendly urban living cities. Additionally, other efforts include the Zero Pollution Action Plan and New European Bauhaus.

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