Today more than two thirds of Europeans live in towns and cities. Urban areas concentrate most of the environmental challenges facing our society but also bring together commitment and innovation to resolve them. The European Green Capital Award has been conceived to promote and reward these efforts. Find Out More

European Green Capital Network Launches Call for Action for Sustainable Cities

In light of the latest IPCC assessment report, which states that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, 20 cities from across Europe – members of the European Green Capital Network – have come together to sign a joint call for action to enhance sustainability […]... read more

EGCA 2021 and EGLA 2020 Applicants Revealed!

21 cities from 14 different European countries are officially competing to win the EGCA 2021 and EGLA 2020! Nearly two thirds of the applicant cities applied for the first time and most applications were received from Southern and Eastern European cities, which means that our EGCA and EGLA family is growing! Who entered the race? […]... read more


7th Dec 2018 - 14th Dec 2018

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), otherwise known as COP24, will be taking place this December in Katowice, Poland from 3 to 14 December 2018. COP24 will invite parties to the Convention, United Nations and related organisations and agencies, members of the press and media and already admitted non-profit observer organizations to attend the sessions of the Convention. On 10 December, during the COP 24 reception “Katowice Climate Shift”, representatives from the European Green Capital Network cities, Nijmegen, and Oslo (the 2019 European Green Capital) and Barcelona (tbc) will present the Call for Action that was launched on 23 November 2018 in Nijmegen, calling upon national governments and international institutions to acknowledge the important role of cities and involve them early in the process of developing policies.

COP 24

Background What happens at COP24? The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994, and today, it has near-universal membership. All of the countries that have ratified the Convention are known as Parties to the Convention. The ultimate aim of the UNFCCC is to preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It holds its sessions every year, which consist of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions. In accordance with a decision of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP22) in Marrakesh in November 2016, and it was decided that the successive climate summit would be held in Poland. For more information, visit the COP24 website. read more

Oslo European Green Capital 2019 Opening Ceremony and Weekend

4th Jan 2019 - 6th Jan 2019

Oslo, the Norwegian Capital, will officially kick-off its year as European Green Capital 2019 at its Opening and Handover Ceremony on 4 January. Nijmegen in the Netherlands, holder of the title in 2018, will pass on the prestigious title to Oslo at this Ceremony.  


The first Norwegian city to hold the European Green Capital title, Oslo was awarded the title due to its holistic approach to urban sustainability, covering topics ranging from biodiversity, public transport, social integration and citizen health. The city was particularly commended for working systematically to re-open 3,000m of streams and rivers, making them accessible to the public and facilitating the development and restoration of habitats. The jury was also impressed with Oslo’s ambitious targets to cut emissions by 95% by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2050, along with improvements in cycling and public transport infrastructure, introducing car free zones and encouraging the use of electric vehicles. The Opening and Handover Ceremony also officially begins Oslo’s Opening Weekend as European Green Capital 2019. The Opening Weekend aims to celebrate the people of Oslo who, through their initiatives, creativity, innovative solutions and bold decisions, have made Oslo a role model for sustainable city development, as well as a better city to live in. Oslo’s European Green Capital 2019 programme is a result of a collaborative effort, bringing together almost 200 partners to deliver more than 350 planned events, ranging from large, international conferences to small neighbourhood events for locals, to engage the entire city. Find out more about Oslo’s planned activities and events for their European Green Capital year here. read more