Green Cities Fit for Life

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Barcelona

Catalan Capital with Green Aspirations

Beautiful Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain and is situated along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Approximately five million inhabitants live in the greater Barcelona area, making it one of the most densely populated sites in Europe.

Ambitious Environmental Management of the City

The environmental management of the city of Barcelona is organised within the framework of an ambitious Agenda 21 plan. The plan, which has been signed by 620 local organisations, is regularly updated and monitored using indicators. An important part of the Agenda 21 is a Green Office Plan from 2006 called “Ayuntamento sostenible”.
It defines internal initiatives such as an information campaign targeted towards employees to improve their ‘green’ behaviour, strategies to integrate EMAS with Corporate Social Responsibility certification, actions to reinforce green public procurement and measures to improve energy efficiency in public buildings.

Green Trips

On the transport side, Barcelona advantageously uses its Mediterranean city model and its high population density: approximately 50% of all trips are made on foot or on bicycle, and only 20% of journeys in the town centre are made using motorised transport (car or motorbike).

The city is served by a comprehensive local public transport network, which includes a metro, a bus network, two modern tram networks and several funiculars and cable cars.