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2020 EGLA

EGLA 2020 Applicant CitiesThe finalists for the European Green Leaf 2020 competition have been announced! Three cities have made it to the final stage of the competition out of the 12 cities that entered the competition in October 2018. They are: Lappeenranta (Finland), Limerick (Ireland) and Mechelen (Belgium).

These cities will now enter the final stage of the competition: convincing an international jury in June of their overall commitment to sustainable urban development, their capacity to act as a role model for other cities, and their strategy for communicating and engaging with their citizens. The winner of the European Green Leaf 2020 title will be announced on 20 June in Oslo, the 2019 European Green Capital.

Good luck to all the finalists!

For more information on the European Green Leaf 2020 competition and evaluation process to date, please continue reading below.

Key dates for the 2020 competition cycle:

  • May 2018 – Competition opened
  • 18th October 2018 – Competition closed
  • November 2018 – March 2019 – Assessment by Expert Panel
  • April 2019 – Announcement of finalist cities
  • May/June 2019 – Finalist cities will present their vision and achievements to the Jury, chaired by the European Commission
  • May/June 2019 – Awards Ceremony in Oslo to announce the winner

About the Award

The European Green Leaf Award recognises and promotes the efforts of towns and cities (with 20,000 up to 100,000 inhabitants) towards better environmental management and outcomes.

An international Expert Panel performed a detailed technical assessment of each applicant, on the basis of six environmental topic areas. These topic areas are:

  • Climate Change & Energy Performance
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Nature, Biodiversity & Sustainable Land Use
  • Air Quality & Noise
  • Waste & Circular Economy
  • Water

Based on each city’s performance across the above environmental topic areas, the Expert Panel selected the finalist cities that are going onto the next phase of the competition. The finalists are now invited to present a communications strategy substantiated by action plans on how they intend to fulfil their year as a European Green Leaf to an international Jury, should they win.

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 Leaf 2020. The winner will be announced at the EGCA Awards Ceremony in Oslo (Norway), the 2019 European Green Capital on 20 June 2019.

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