Green Cities Fit for Life

Image by Jean-Dominique Billaud

Latest News

Green Week 2016 launches in Ljubljana

24 May 2016

WATCH LIVE on Monday 30 May

For the short haul

24 May 2016

Cities and companies are learning to embrace electric cargo bikes. A new report shows why.

Join a workshop for Green Capital applicants on 1 July

24 May 2016

The European Commission leads a reflective, in-depth conversation with previous winners of the award, full of great tips for aspiring Green Capital cities.

Karl Falkenberg in Ljubljana

24 May 2016

On Saturday, 14 May 2016, as part of a yearly cycling tour connecting Europe’s Green Capitals, Karl Falkenberg, senior adviser for sustainable development at the European Commission, arrived in Ljubljana.

Finalists announced for European Green Capital 2018 and
European Green Leaf 2017

3 May 2016

The European Commission has announced the shortlisted cities that will advance to the final stage of the European Green Capital 2018 and European Green Leaf 2017 award competitions.

Call for applications open!

3 May 2016

The European Commission is now accepting applications for the next round of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards. Applications will remain open until November 2016.

EUR 2.25 million for European Green Capital 2017

29 April 2016

Environment Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia supports Green Capital investment in Essen with a generous grant

The kids are all right

29 April 2016

Engagement with local environment creates sense of belonging for children of Mollet del Vallès

Sound effects

26 April 2016

April is noise awareness month in Ljubljana. Today, there is growing appreciation of noise as a serious public health issue.

Take part in 'My City' photography competition

26 April 2016

Each year, the European Environment Agency organises a competition to engage with European citizens around different environmental issues. This year's competition focuses on cities.

Growing a better future in Mollet del Vallès

15 April 2016

Nearly 800 residents of Mollet del Vallès turned out for the city's annual tree planting festival last month.

Good optics

15 April 2016

Interactive sculpture earns Ljubljana major advertising prize

How to become a green city

15 April 2016

The Green Capital team provides answers at the upcoming 2016 CEMR Congress in Cyprus

Organize an event for Green Week 2016 and benefit from EU support and branding

23 March 16

Here's your chance to be a part of Green Week 2016.

New applications coming this spring

23 March 16

New application forms for the next round of the European Green Capital Award and European Green Leaf will be rolled out in early May.

Jury meeting and awards ceremony, Ljubljana, 22 June 2016

23 March 16

Winning cities for the 2018 European Green Capital and 2017 European Green Leaf competitions will be crowned on 22 June at the Award Ceremony in Ljubljana.

Shortlists and celebration in Ljubljana

23 March 16

Our panel of experts met in Ljubljana last week to decide on the shortlist of candidate cities for both the 2018 European Green Capital Award and 2017 European Green Leaf.

The future looks “grün” in Graz

23 March 16

The Green Capital team was in Graz, Austria this month for the Urban Future Conference.

Waters of March

23 March 16

To celebrate its year as European Green Capital, Ljubljana is dedicating each month to a different environmental theme.

Small and green Torres Vedras raises environmental awareness

23 March 16

Environmental education is a top priority for the Portuguese town of Torres Vedras, holder of the European Green Leaf prize.

The story behind Essen’s new Green Capital logo

26 February 16

Behold! The German city of Essen has launched a new visual identity for their upcoming Green Capital year.

February means local self-sufficiency in Ljubljana

19 February 16

Ljubljana is dedicating its second month as European Green Capital to the theme of local self-sufficiency.

Regions can now apply online for the RegioStars Awards 2016

19 February 16

Until 15 April, regions can submit their applications online for the RegioStars Awards, which honour Europe's most inspiring and innovating projects supported by Cohesion Policy funds.

Another one for the books: Ljubljana becomes European Green Capital 2016

16 February 16

The city of Bristol handed over its title of European Green Capital to Ljubljana at an official ceremony in Brussels last week.

New study: Ljubljana top performer in separate waste collection

16 February 16

Government, business, and academic leaders from around Europe met in Brussels on 29 January for a conference on separate waste collection and the circular economy...

WATCH: Handover Ceremony of European Green Capital—from Bristol to Ljubljana

09 February 16

On 9 February 2016, at a special handover ceremony in Brussels, the city of Ljubljana was inaugurated as 2016 European Green Capital...

Copenhagen "rules out" pesticides

01 February 16

You can now add pesticide-free weed control to Copenhagen’s already long list of green credentials, which includes being a cycling paradise...

January means smart waste management in Ljubljana

22 January 16

Ljubljana is dedicating each month of 2016 to a different environmental theme. For January the theme is smart waste management.

Experts meet in Brussels for 2018 Green Capital rankings

15 January 16

As we welcome this year’s new European Green Capital, Ljubljana, don’t forget that behind the scenes a panel of 12 independent experts is already thinking ahead to 2018.

Get to know Ljubljana, the 2016 European Green Capital!

08 January 16

The next Handover Ceremony of the European Green Capital Award will take place on 9 February 2016 at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels.

Green and proud: Ljubljana, 2016 European Green Capital

08 January 16

Ljubljana is the 2016 European Green Capital, the first city in Central or Southeastern Europe to hold the title.

The winners debate at COP21

18 December 15

Daniel Calleja, the Commission’s Director-General for Environment, was in Paris this month for COP21 where he met with the mayors of six European Green Capital cities—Bristol, Stockholm, Hamburg, Nantes, Copenhagen and Essen.

1st European Green Leaf winners pledge commitment

18 December 15

December 2015 is turning out to be an eventful month for multilateral agreements that benefit the planet and its citizens. First, there were the climate negotiations in Paris.

Copenhagen installing 20,000 Street Lamps to protect Cyclists and reduce Carbon Emissions

11 November 15

The bulbs will not only be changed to LEDs, which are more energy efficient, but are also considered to be smart technology due to a ‘communications module’ which will be fitted inside each lamp.

Floating Solar Farm to be launched in Manchester, UK

The Godley Reservoir in the Hyde area of Greater Manchester is the setting for the new solar power farm. This project will be the largest of its kind in Europe and second largest in the world, after Japan.

Nottingham breaks ground on Cycle Super Highway

4 November 15

The project will involve four commuter cycle corridors, upgrades and improvements to existing cycling infrastructure and the introduction of an additional greenway, which will link parks within the city.

Initiative launches to fight Clothing Waste around Europe

The initiative was launched in order to bring together industry, government and retailers, in addition to running a campaign focused on changing consumer behaviour.

Ljubljana hosts successful Civitas Forum

28 October 15

Attendance at the conference was a record high with a 560 strong mix of political representatives, city administrators and organisations, experts and professionals from the mobility, spatial planning and environmental sectors.

‘Plastic Island’ created in Cascais to highlight ocean plastic waste

This unusual work of art was constructed by ‘Luzinterruptus’, a Madrid-based artistic group which highlights current social and environmental issues through its creations.

Low Carbon Cities, an economic and environmental opportunity

21 October 15

The report contains a number of recommendations, including: commitment to low-carbon urban development strategies by 2020

Impressive Waste-to-Energy Plant to open in Leeds, England

The facility was not only designed be functional and green, but also to be visually striking, with its greenhouse style and arched roof.

England becomes the latest EU country to introduce plastic bag charges

14 October 15

A landmark European Parliament ruling in April 2015 means that all member states must achieve an 80% reduction in polyethylene bag use by 2025.

Several European countries move to rule out GMOs

Nineteen out of the 28 member state countries of the European Union have voted to either partially or fully ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

New energy efficient e-paper displays for Ljubljana’s bus stops

7 October 15

In addition to bus schedules the electronic paper displays also show exact bus arrival times and passenger information, such as notifications about line detours or new routes

Bristol street goes ‘wild’ for wildlife

The motive behind ‘My Wild Street’ is to create wildlife corridors where plants and animals can move easily between green spaces and to bring citizens closer to nature.

New urban park planned for Dublin’s inner city

30 September 15

The park is being planned as a recreational area, but also as a place for nature and greenery to thrive within the surrounding urban landscape.

Coal power station transforms into creative work space in Reykjavik

An eclectic mix of groups uses Toppstodin. Musicians, artists, designers, architects and mechanics use it as their work space.

Bristol installs 20,000 upgraded streetlights

23 September 15

Bristol City Council began upgrading its lighting system some years ago, along with applying many other initiatives, in an attempt to decrease the city’s impact on the environment.

From Scrap to Sculptures in Lisbon

The aim of these works is to highlight the waste that humans generate and to show it off as a resource that has value and meaning in a very tactile and engaging way.