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News Archive 2013

Looking back on Nantes Year as European Green Capital 2013

18 December 13

We showcase some of the highlights to celebrate the end of Nantes year.

Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards 2014

The next round of awards for sustainable energy initiatives in Europe is now open.

EU-China Urbanisation Forum 2013

11 December 13

The Forum was intended to be a milestone in the strategic relations between China and the EU.

EUROCITIES 2013 Ghent ‘smart citizens’

The cities of Brighton and Hove, Gijon and Ljubljana have all been announced winners of the EUROCITIES 2013 Awards.

Calling EU Cities with innovative urban solutions

4 December 13

Reward scheme launched for local authorities that have found a bold and creative solution to an urban problem.

Marseille European City of the year 2013

The European Capital of Culture 2013 received the award which is bestowed annually by the Academy of Urbanism.

EDEN Awards for promoting accessible and sustainable tourism

27 November 13

19 emerging destinations receive European Destinations of ExcelleNce (EDEN) Awards.

Reusing items now easier in Ireland

Free Trade Ireland launch new smartphone app.

Cleaner air for European Biking Cities

20 November 13

European Biking Cities campaign holds its first conference, gathering representatives from six cities including European Green Capital 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Sustainia Awards

Israeli company TaKaDu wins prestigious award for developing software that reduces water distribution losses.

European Soundscape Award 2013

13 November 13

Swiss awareness campaign promoting the use of low-noise tyres is the winner.

Markets as key drivers for sustainable living

URBACTs Markets project publishes three thematic guidelines developed by project partners Barcelona, London and Torino.

Creativity as a driver for sustainable development

6 November 13

New members of UNESCOs Creative Cities Network announced.

Accelerating change – delivering sustainable energy solutions

Report published showcasing good practice projects on territorial cooperation in the field of sustainable energy.

European Environment Agency’s Report on Air Quality 2013 launched

30 October 13

Many air pollution indicators remain at unacceptable levels in Europe.

A dream-like world at the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes

Botanical Gardens hosts exhibition of childens book author and illustrator Claude Ponti.

How to cook up a Covenant Club?

23 October 13

New brochure gives insights on how to build a national Covenant of Mayors Club in your country in order to facilitate best practice exchange.

2014 Capital of Culture

European Capitals of Culture 2014 Riga (Latvia) and Umeå (Sweden) have released their programme of activities for the year.

Low-Carbon Livable Cities Initiative

16 October 13

World Bank Group aims to reach 300 of the world’s largest developing countries cities with planning and financial support over the next four years.

Nantes feeding 5000 against food waste

Event aimed at raising participants’ awareness of food waste.

Study trip exploring sustainable city solutions

9 October 13

European Green Capital 2014 Copenhagen hosted event highlighting how cities can tackle CO2 emissions, reduce pollution and improve air quality.

European Green Capital Award – spreading the initiative in Ankara

The EU representative of European Green Capital Award Ms. Marie-Hélène Vareille was recently invited as one of the keynote speakers to the Green Cities Summit in Ankara, Turkey.

Earth Overshoot Day

2 October 13

Trends indicate ever-increasing consumption patterns.

Bristol, a city where lampposts talk

Street furniture transformed into speaking objects awoken using participants’ text messages.

‘Working together in Natura 2000’ – sharing of information now online

25 September 13

European network of nature areas to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity launches online communication platform.

European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik has received the United Nations’ 2013 Champions of the Earth award

Award recognises Europe’s outstanding leaders positive impact on setting the stage for a sustainable Green Economy for the 21st century.

Barcelona launches an Electric Motorbike Sharing Scheme

18 September 13

MOTIT users can reserve an electric bike via web or smartphone and pick it up and return it anywhere in the city.

World Water Week a great success

This year the theme was Water Cooperation — Building Partnerships.

Aéroflorale II ends its EU journey

11 September 13

Flying Greenhouse travelled from Nantes to different cities including Brussels (Belgium), Hamburg (Germany) and Turin (Italy) over the last number of months.

Successful European Green Capital 2016 Workshop for Applicant Cities

Event provided advice on how to successfully complete the Application Form for the 2016 Competition Cycle.

Green Buildings Hamburg

4 September 13

The Hanseatic city boasts many high energy efficient buildings and carbon neutral residential quarters.

Deadline for applications for the European Green Capital Award 2016 extended until 31st October 2013

Deadline extended by two weeks to 13.00 CET 31st October 2013.

European Sustainable Cities Movement widens its direction

28 August 13

Gateway for information on European sustainability initiatives, the structure of regional organizations, EU law and funding opportunities.

Vitoria-Gasteiz towards zero waste

2012 European Green Capital promotes recycling through several initiatives.

Bristol launches hydrogen ferry

21 August 13

The European Green Capital 2015 has begun operating UK’s first hydrogen-powered ferry.

Good bye family car, hello bike!

B-Track-B project operates a lottery system which rewards cyclists who track their journey using new technology.

ADVANCE tool for sustainable transport systems in EU cities

14 August 13

Urban planning tool aims to boost accessible to all, efficient, safe, secure and sustainable transport systems across Europe.

City Wardens in Ljubljana helping to reduce CO2 emissions

13 August 13

Slovenian City of Ljubljana City Wardens introduce fleet of 30 bikes for their work.

LEZ zone to enhance air quality in Europe

2 August 13

Low Emission Zones limit vehicle access according to their emissions.

Nicosia’s low energy Town-Hall

Cypriot City’s new Town Hall sets good practices in energy saving measures.

2020 Renewable energy target, keep on track!

30 July 13

European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) launch website to monitor progress.

Copenhagen closer to become carbon neutral city

Last year the European Green Capital 2014 reduced its CO2 emissions by 24%.

Vienna shifts to electric buses

24 July 13

Fleet of 12 environmentally friendly electric buses introduced in autumn 2012.

What makes a European city green?

Urban Environment Good Practice & Benchmarking Report published.

Sustainable Urban Mobility Campaign 2013 Winners

17 July 13

European Commission announces18 initiatives supporting sustainable urban mobility awarded in the Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign.

Europe’s smart, sustainable and more inclusive growth now represented in an atlas

ESPON publishes ESPON Atlas, which presents the current territorial dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy

Croatia, the green land beside the Adriatic

10 July 13

Zagreb awarded with the 2012 European Mobility Award.

Brussels sets good practice in waste management

Brussels adopts its Fourth Regional Plan for Waste Prevention and Management, setting an excellent example of good practices in terms of prevention, collection and treatment.

Food forest in the heart of the city

3 July 13

Seattle residents now have the opportunity to harvest fresh vegetables and fruit for free in the Beacon Food Forest – conveniently located right in the middle of the city.

Bikes “vanish” into underground bicycle park

Tokyo, Japan has introduced Eco-Cycle, Anti-Seismic Mechanical Underground Parking, an efficient and safe mechanism that transports bikes underground in order to store them, providing a safe and effective parking solution.

Artists and musicians join forces to tackle climate change

25 June 13

Initiative run by Artists Project Earth (APE) has so far supported economically over 300 organisations aiming to tackle climate change mitigation, adaptation and raising awareness of their projects across the world.

Sustainia100 Guide: A tour of 100 innovative and sustainable ideas in 10 key-sectors

Sustainia has recently launched its annual guide comprising 100 innovative and sustainable projects, initiatives and technologies coming from several corners of the globe.

Bristol wins European Green Capital Award 2015

19 June 13

Bristol has been crowned European Green Capital 2015 at the Award Ceremony in Nantes.

Calling All EU Green Cities

The European Commission has launched the search for the European Green Capital 2016.

Bristol wins European Green Capital Award 2015

17 June 13

Bristol has been crowned European Green Capital 2015, as announced at an Award Ceremony hosted by the current European Green Capital, Nantes, last Friday evening, 14th June 2013.

EcoBudget Webcentre: Budgeting local resources

12 June 13

As Europe is currently facing urban growth and climate change, it is vital to have a coherent and long-term vision for resources management at a local level.

Dublin City’s Rooftop Urban Farm

Dublin introduces an innovative new way to meet the food demand in its city centre – the rooftop farm.

EU Green Infrastructure

5 June 13

The European Commission recently adopted a new strategy for encouraging the use of green infrastructure.


Technical support initiative assists actors from the public sector working on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Low Carbon Bristol

29 May 13

Website launched to get citizens involved in planning what their future low carbon city looks like.

Vertical forest

Italian project involves covering the facades of two residential towers with forestry.

From Vitoria-Gasteiz to Nantes by bike

22 May 13

Cyclist-literature association, Dyna-Mots travel 850 km over 16 days.

2013 GreenBuilding Awards

Awards given to five new and five refurbished buildings from six European countries.

Latest EU Eco-Innovation information

15 May 13

15th May 2013 The European eco-innovation landscape is changing quickly. The bedrock is shifting, the terrain is morphing and new features are emerging. To keep up with all of the recent developments, including policies, initiatives and projects, the EU Eco-Innovation secretariat has launched a revamped website with a new look and design. The website seeks […]

EU Commission cycling in honour of the European Green Capital Nantes

 15th May 2013 They finally crossed the finish line in Nantes, the current European Green Capital. Not only was it necessary to cycle 799.5 km from Brussels, but they also had to cope with sore muscles and ridiculous sunburn throughout the six days of the challenge. A great amount of enthusiasm and participation was also […]

Supporting Sustainable Urban Mobility? Get funding!

8 May 13

8th May 2013 This month will see initiatives supporting sustainable urban mobility gearing up to join in the European Comission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign. The campaign focuses on highlighting sustainable urban mobility activities across Europe and helps to raise awareness of ways to promote a more sustainable transport practice. The promotional actions, which can […]

The Commission launches strategy on adaptation to climate change

8th May 2013 “The adverse impacts of the changing climate are increasingly evident today in Europe. Adapting to these changes is one of the most fundamental challenges for territorial development in Europe,” highlighted Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action. As a response to the current and projected impact of climate change in the EU, […]

MyEnvironment app

1 May 13

1st May 2013 Walk and Fork is the mobile app winner of the MyEnvironment app competition, launched by the UK’s government advisor Environment Agency, Natural England. The app makes it possible for users to locate and read about over 5,000 environmental areas across the UK, including Special Sites of Scientific Interest, National Parks and Nature […]

The European Green Capital Secretariat attend the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Geneva

1st May, 2013 The European Green Capital Award team attended the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Geneva last month. The conference was run by ICLEI Europe and the ESCT Preparatory Committee and focussed on governance and finance for sustainable development and exploring sustainability in all areas of public administration. During the […]

Sustainable urban solutions discussed at the ICLEI’s Global Town Hall

24 April 13

Hannover hosted ICLEs Global Town Hall in April 2013.

Green workforce for a More Beautiful Ljubljana

Slovenian city runs its traditional spring cleaning campaign.

Nantes, the 2013 European Green Capital, using social media to promote its green title

17 April 13

Facebook and Twitter used to spread news and information.

Will your city be the European Green Capital in 2016?

Competition to find winning city launches on 17/06/2013.

Nantes represented in the Suncheon International Garden Exposition

10 April 13

European Green Capital selected to represent France at the International Garden Exhibition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013

Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) toolkit now available to all European cities

Toolkit gives all European cities a network to share information and practical support.

Sustainable mobility on a tight budget: Unlock growth opportunities for your city!

3 April 13

UITP conference hosted by Nantes, the 2013 European Green Capital.

Stockholm on the way to becoming fossil fuel free

Stockholm has set an ambitious target of becoming wholly independent of fossil fuels by 2050.

Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities

27 March 13

Cities across the world have potential to lead measures towards greater resource efficiency.

Bristol, Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana shortlisted for European Green Capital 2015

25 March 13

Four finalists chosen to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2015 Award organised by the European Commission.

“Water, water everywhere, only if we share” World Water Day 2013

20 March 13

Celebrations for World Water Day are expected all over the world on the theme of water cooperation.

Call for stronger action on Air Pollution

European Commission (EC) declares 2013 as the Year of Air.

Hamburg launch their Final Report

14 March 13

2011 European Green Capital release its Final Report.

Could you be on the next Expert Evaluation Panel for the European Green Capital Award?

13 March 13

Applications are now being accepted for persons wishing to become a member of the European Green Capital Expert Panel.

Zagreb wins European Mobility Week Award 2012

The capital of Croatia, has won the 2012 European Mobility Award.

30th International Environmental Film Festival

Eight-day event showed over 140 films and web documentaries from more than 34 countries.

New Partnership for Action on Green Economy

6 March 13

Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) launched by four UN agencies in response to the Rio+20 Call for Action.

Green Tweets

Social Media is fast becoming the social network tool of choice for European Green Capitals.

European Green Capital Award a key initiative in Dublin City’s 2012 Sustainability Report

27 February 13

Dublin City Council publish Sustainability Report

2013 Capital of Culture, Marseille

Marseille-Provence, France has been selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2013.

European Thesis Prize on Biodiversity in Urban Spaces is launched by the 2013 European Green Capital, Nantes

20 February 13

Prize rewards the best doctoral research on issues relating to biodiversity in urban spaces.

City Green: Green Spaces for Sustainable Cities

The 6th issue of CUGEs award-winning publication CITYGREEN is now available.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital, is a finalist for the European Mobility Week Award

13 February 13

Ten Cities are finalists.

Tallinn introduces free public transport

Tallinn, Estonia is the first European capital to offer free public transport to its citizens.

Success of European Green Capital Award recognised in Taipei!

6 February 13

Marie-Hélène Vareille gives keynote speech on the European Green Capital at the 2012 International Conference on Waterfront Cities

Dublin city launches Story Map App

Web based multimedia project revives Ireland’s tradition of storytelling.

From cities of tomorrow to a tomorrow for cities: A lecture series

30 January 13

Lecture series aims to promote planning as a discipline that contributes to the quality of life, especially within urban structures.

RFSC has been launched: Become part of the community!

The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) has been launched!.

My Green Resolution: What change will you make for the environment this year?

23 January 13

Facebook application encourages people to make a new years resolution that will benefit the environment in 2013.

Clean Air Everywhere: Blowing the winds of change into European air policy

Clean Air Everywhere Conference held in Brussels.

Ljubljana’s citizens take over one million bike rides!

16 January 13

Self-service bike-borrowing system has seen over 40,000 users since the service began in May 2011.

Reusing items by Irish citizens saves millions of euro and minimises waste: the Free Trade Ireland Initiative

€1.7 million has been saved by people in Ireland in 2012 alone.

Ireland, the 2013 host of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Kicks off the year with a bang, beginning the “Year of Citizens”in Europe.

9 January 13

The Year of Citizens in Europe is celebrated in 2013 to recognise the importance of citizens to their city.

Vitoria-Gasteiz’s Green Night – Noche Verde

Vitoria-Gasteiz celebrated the closing of their year as the 2012 European Green Capital.

Wishing you a Happy European Green Capital New Year!

3 January 13

2013 marks a new European Green Capital – the City of Nantes.