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European Green Leaf

Towns and Cities, Growing Greener


The Call for Applications for the 2018 European Green Leaf (EGL) is now closed.

The 2018 competition was open to all towns and cities across Europe with 20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants.

The Irish city of Galway is European Green Leaf 2017. The Spanish city of Mollet del Vallès and the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras were the winners of the inaugural European Green Leaf 2015. The European competition recognises a city’s commitment to better environmental outcomes. The scheme has a particular focus on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs.

Read the Mollet del Vallès press release here.

Read the Torres Vedras press release here.

Read the Galway press release here.


What is the European Green Leaf?

Gain recognition for your environmental achievements

The European Green Leaf is a competition aimed at cities and towns across Europe, with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, that recognises commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular accent on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs.

The objectives of the European Green Leaf are threefold:green_leaf

  • To recognise cities that demonstrate a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth;
  • To encourage cities to actively develop citizens’ environmental awareness and involvement;
  • To identify cities able to act as a ‘green ambassador’ and to encourage other cities to progress towards a better sustainability outcomes.

The European Green Leaf will be presented on an annual basis by the European Commission in conjunction with the European Green Capital Award.

Background

To underpin the work of creating an ever-better environment for European citizens, the EU adopted the 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP) entitled “Living well, within the limits of our planet”. It provides the basis for EU environment policy up to 2020. This programme aims to enhance Europe’s ecological resilience and transform the EU into an inclusive and sustainable green economy.

The 7th EAP includes a specific policy objective “To enhance the sustainability of EU cities”. It foresees that the EU will promote and expand existing initiatives that support innovation and best practices in cities, enabling better networking and exchanges between cities and encouraging the leading ones to show how they lead on sustainable urban development.

The European Green Capital Award (EGCA) launched in 2008, is one such initiative. Following its success, many smaller cities seek EU recognition of their effort and commitment in the areas of sustainability & environment. In response, the European Commission has launched the new European Green Leaf (EGL) initiative.

If you would like more information on the European Green Leaf Award,  please send an email to: info@europeangreenleaf.eu.