Inform. Exchange. Grow.

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The European Green Capital Network: Inform. Exchange. Grow.

About the Network

During its European Green Capital Award-winning year in 2014, the city of Copenhagen created the concept of the European Green Capital Network, exclusively dedicated to the previous winners and finalists of the award.

The Network members’ political commitment to put sustainability at the heart of local policies makes them strong advocates for impactful sustainable urban development in Europe. To this end, members of the Network do not only exchange on best practices, challenges and potential solutions between each other, but they also encourage other European cities on their paths towards a more sustainable future by providing guidance and support. The Network additionally serves as a platform for change, representing European cities in relevant European and global political processes.

The Network is chaired by the European Commission in close cooperation with the laureate city of the running year and automatically expands with each European Green Capital cycle.

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All previous winners and finalists of the European Green Capital Award are eligible to become members of the network, contributing to and benefitting from the collective knowledge.

The current members are: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bristol, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dijon, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Ghent, Glasgow, Grenoble, Hamburg, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Lahti, Lille, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Malmö, Münster, Nantes, Nijmegen, Nürnberg, Oslo, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Tallinn, Turin, Umeå and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Toolkits and workshops

During 2018-2020 the European Green Capital Network developed a series of toolkits for cities outside of the network, providing recommendations and strategies around thematic visions for sustainable European cities.

EGCN Future-proof Toolkit available here >>>
EGCN 100% Renewable Toolkit available here >>>
EGCN Green Capital Toolkit available here >>>
EGCN Less Waste, More Value Toolkit available here >>>
EGCN Human Scale Toolkit available here >>>

Previous workshops >>>


Online workshop focused on Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Vitoria-Gasteiz – Alberto Cabello/ Pixabay

21-23 April 2020
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

This vision reconnects to the model of the European City, which in its original concept is pedestrian and cycling friendly and combines considerable density with green public space. It pursues low carbon mobility options, offers alternatives to urban sprawl while providing citizens with a high level of quality of life. This workshop built upon the successful strategies for integrated urban planning implemented in the Green Capital winner and finalist cities, explored challenges around social inclusion and quality of life for all, and reflected on the crucial role of sustainable urban transport strategies.

Less Waste, More Value workshop

6-7 November 2019

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana – Febiyan/Unsplash

This workshop was being held in the 2016 European Green Capital, Ljubljana.

It focused on the vision of Less Waste, More Value. This vision revitalises the long heritage of waste management strategies in European cities with the more recent discussion around the circular economy and its implementation on a local/regional scale. It includes new approaches towards closer cooperation between local governments and business, and towards closing value capturing cycles in urban regions. This workshop explored how radical steps can be made towards regenerative, resource-productive cities under the very different economic and structural conditions cities face in different regions across Europe.

The workshop featured presentations and case studies from member cities leading the way on circular economy innovations, partnerships with businesses, and cutting-edge citizen engagement to eliminate waste.

European Green Capital - Inspiring Local Action workshop

Summer park/Sara Stenberg Copenhagen - Nick Karvounis

4-6 September 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

The purpose of this central workshop was to optimize the opportunities for being part of the European Green Capital community, and ultimately, to inspire local action for sustainable urban development.

The aim was to enable member cities to share experiences, explore new pathways and co-define the future of the European Green Capital Network.

The participants shared experiences of being the past, current and future European Green Capitals, organising a one-year laureate programme, and/or of applying for the award. They also explored the challenges as well as successes linked to being winners and finalists, and identified typical situations and strategies for both the application process and running the laureate programme.

Additionally, the workshop included a high-level strategic session on shaping the future of the European Green Capital Network.

100% renewable workshop

7-8 May 2019

Umeå, Sweden

Summer park/Sara Stenberg Summer park/ Sara Stenberg

The 100% renewable workshop took place in Umeå, finalist of the European Green Capital Award 2016-2018.

The workshop focused on the vision ‘100% renewable’. This vision is shared by numerous cities throughout Europe, however implementation remains a challenge in most cases. Some of the European Green Capital winners and finalists have shown remarkable success and creative strategies in moving their city towards 100% renewable energy, although local preconditions vary largely across Europe. This workshop discussed local strategies for climate change mitigation and the fossil fuel free city, ranging from different technological bases of this transition to social innovations.

Participants included renewable energy and sustainable development experts from the member cities. All had the opportunity to exchange with their peers, gain insights into the host cities’ sustainable initiatives, and contribute to the 100% renewable toolkit.

Future-proof workshop

20-22 November 2018

Nijmegen, the Netherlands

The first workshop was hosted by European Green Capital 2018, Nijmegen.

The workshop was organised around the vision ’Future-proof’. This workshop distilled successful examples of how Green Capital winners and finalists have created synergies between these activities, depending on their specific local, natural, economic and social conditions.

Centrum Nijmegen Nijmegen/European Union 2017

Workshop participants included experts from within the network, with experience and knowledge on how to future-proof urban environments. They discussed challenges, shared best practice and participated in study-visits, including to Nijmegen’s sustainable district, De Waalsprong, where the host city demonstrated how it made the new district both climate-proof and a popular place to live.

The combined knowledge gathered from the visits, and from the workshop as a whole, fed into the future-proof toolkit above, enabling all cities to benefit from the expertise of the network.


Future proof

Key themes: Climate change adaptation, resilience, sustainable water sources and eco-systems

100% renewable

Key themes: Climate change mitigation and transitioning to fossil fuel-free cities

Less Waste, More Value

Key themes: Sustainable waste management, circular economies and responsible consumption

Human scale

Key themes: Integrated urban planning and sustainable mobility, green spaces, inclusive communities

The European Green Capital Network secretariat

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