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2021 EGCA

EGCA 2021 Applicant CitiesNine cities from seven different countries across Europe are officially competing to win the European Green Capital Award 2021! The EGCA 2021 applicant cities are: Budapest (Hungary); Cagliari (Italy); Dijon (France); Lahti (Finland); Lille (France); Skopje (Macedonia); Strasbourg (France); Tirana  (Albania); and Västerås (Sweden).

Who will win EGCA 2021? The applications for the Award will be evaluated by the Expert Panel to determine who will be shortlisted for the final. Shortlisted cities will be announced in April 2019, so stay tuned!


Key dates for the 2021 cycle:

  • May 2018 – Competition opens
  • 2 July 2018 – Applicant workshop
  • 18th October 2018 at 16.00 CEST (GMT +2) – Competition closes
  • November 2018 – March 2019 – Assessment by Expert Panel
  • April 2019 – Announcement of shortlisted cities
  • May/June 2019 – Jury presentations by shortlisted cities
  • May/June 2019 – Awards ceremony

About the Award

The European Green Capital Award 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 performs 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, the successful cities will be shortlisted for the final stage of the 2021 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 2019.

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 EGCA 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 fulfill 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 2021. The winner will be announced at the EGCA Awards Ceremony in Oslo (Norway), the 2019 European Green Capital.

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