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2020 EGCA

Three cities out of the 13 that applied have now been shortlisted for the 2020 European Green Capital Award (EGCA) and will present to the Jury in Nijmegen in June 2018. The shortlisted cities for the 2020 EGCA are Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland) and Lisbon (Portugal).

Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland) and Lisbon (Portugal) are the shortlisted cities for the 2020 European Green Capital Award


The Call for Applications for the 2020 EGCA closed on 18 October 2017. This competition was open to all European cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants and entries came from twelve countries across Europe

The European Green Capital Award, now in its 11th year, pays tribute to European cities where innovative urban environmental management and initiatives have taken hold. Award winning cities lead the way in setting higher standards in sustainable urban development, listening to what their citizens want and pioneering innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

An international Expert Panel has performed a detailed technical assessment of each applicant, on the basis of 12 environmental indicators covering climate change: mitigation; climate change adaptation; sustainable urban mobility; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; noise; waste; water; green growth and eco-innovation; energy performance; and governance. Following the technical evaluation, three cities have been shortlisted for the 2020 title.

The shortlisted cities will be invited to present a communications strategy substantiated by action plans on how they intend to fulfill their green capital year to an international Jury in June 2018.

The Jury will assess the shortlisted cities based on the following evaluation criteria:

  1. The city’s overall commitment, vision and enthusiasm as conveyed through the presentation.
  2. The city’s capacity to act as a role model, inspiring other cities, promoting best practices and further raising awareness of the EGC model.
  3. The city’s communication strategy and actions, which should address:
    • Citizen communication and involvement to date in relation to the 12 environmental indicators, effectiveness via changes in citizen behaviour, lessons learned and proposed modifications for the future.
    • The extent of the city’s partnering (local, regional and national) to gain maximum social and economic leverage.
    • How they intend to fulfil their role of EU Ambassador, inspiring other cities.

Based on the proposals from the Expert Panel and information presented to the Jury, the Jury will make the final decision and select the city to be awarded the title of European Green Capital 2020. The winner will be announced at the EGCA Awards Ceremony in Nijmegen (Netherlands) current European Green Capital, on 21 June 2018.

Read more:

EGCA Technical Assessment Synopsis Report – 2020 Award Cycle

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