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2019 EGCA Shortlist

Five cities out of the 14 that applied have now been shortlisted for the European Green Capital 2019 Award and will present to the EGCA Jury in Essen in May 2017. The shortlisted cities for the EGCA 2019 are Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland), Lisbon (Portugal), Oslo (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia).



The five shortlisted cities for the European Green Capital Award 2019


The Call for Applications for the 2019 European Green Capital Award closed on 16th November 2016. This competition was open to all cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants and entries came from 14 cities across Europe.

The European Green Capital Award, now in its tenth year, pays tribute to European cities where innovative urban environmental management and initiatives have taken hold; it recognises cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly urban living.. Award winning cities lead the way in setting higher standards in sustainable urban development, listening to what their citizens want and pioneering innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

An international Expert Panel has performed a detailed technical assessment of each applicant, on the basis of 12 environmental indicators covering climate change: mitigation and adaptation; local transport; green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; ambient air quality; quality of the acoustic environment; waste production and management; water management; wastewater treatment; eco-innovation and sustainable employment; energy performance and integrated environmental management . Following the technical evaluation, five cities have been shortlisted for the 2019 title.

The shortlisted cities will be invited to present a communications strategy substantiated by action plans on how they intend to fulfill their green capital year to an international Jury in May 2017.

The Jury will assess the shortlisted cities based on the following evaluation criteria:

  1. The city’s overall commitment, vision and enthusiasm as conveyed through the presentation.
  2. The city’s capacity to act as a role model, inspiring other cities, promoting best practices and further raising awareness of the EGC model.
  3. The city’s communication strategy and actions, which should address:
  • Citizen communication and involvement to date in relation to the 12 environmental indicators, effectiveness via changes in citizen behaviour, lessons learned and proposed modifications for the future.
  • The extent of the city’s partnering (local, regional and national) to gain maximum social and economic leverage.
  • How they intend to fulfil their role of EU Ambassador, inspiring other cities.

Based on the proposals from the Expert Panel and information presented to the Jury, the Jury will make the final decision and select the city to be awarded the title of European Green Capital 2019. The winner will be announced at the EGCA Awards Ceremony in Essen (Germany), current European Green Capital, on 2nd June 2017.

Read more:

EGCA Technical Assessment Synopsis Report – Award Cycle 2019

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