Policy & Background
Urban areas are the source of many of today’s environmental challenges – not surprisingly, since two out of three Europeans live in towns and cities. Local governments and authorities can provide the commitment and innovation needed to tackle and resolve many of these problems.
The European Commission's European Green Capital Award (EGCA), recognises and rewards local efforts to improve the environment, and thereby the economy and the quality of life in cities. The EGCA is given each year to a city, which is leading the way in environmentally friendly urban living. The award encourages cities to commit to ambitious goals for further environmental improvement.
In addition to the EGCA there are a range of EU Policy Initiatives in place which support European cities and communities in becoming more sustainable. They include:
- European Green Deal
- Reference Framework for Sustainable European Cities (RFSC)
- Roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe
- A Sustainable Europe by 2030
- Green thinking and Best Practice Guides and Reports
- Circular Economy Action Plan
- EU Plastics Strategy
- Funding for Green Initiatives