Situated on the Loire River, close to the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a green wonder of western France. It is France’s sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising some 600,000 inhabitants.
In 2004, Time Magazine named Nantes ‘the most liveable city in Europe’ and in 2013 it will hold the title of European Green Capital.
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Over the past 10 years, Nantes has developed a sustainable transport policy with a focus on public transport and bicycles. Development within the city centre is planned to minimise car transport and to provide pedestrians with optimal conditions.
Nantes was the first city in France to successfully re-introduce electric tramways. This effort will continue in the coming years and investments in new tramways, high quality buses service and bicycle infrastructure are foreseen.
The ambitious transport policy shows improvements in reduced air pollution and CO2 emissions. All air pollution indicators (NO2, PM10 and ozone) are below limit values. This transport policy, together with an ambitious climate plan, has reduced CO2 emissions to 4.77 tonnes per capita.
For a short overview of Nantes as the European Green Capital 2013, view the winning cities leaflet here (Click language icons below to view)
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To discover Nantes in detail, please view our Quality Brochure (Click language icons below to view)
A number of videos have been produced of Nantes European Green Capital 2013.
View the Nantes European Green Capital 2013 promotional video below or the What makes a city green? video here.
For further European Green Capital videos please visit our Youtube channel here.
Nantes Green Capital official website