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EGCN Toolkits & Workshops

During 2018-2020 the European Green Capital Network is developing toolkits for cities outside of the network, providing recommendations and strategies around four thematic visions for sustainable European cities. The Network is holding internal expert workshops, contributing to the development of the toolkits.



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

Zero waste

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

Human scale

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


Future-proof Toolkit

Future-proof Toolkit

This toolkit focusses on the future-proof vision. This vision combines European cities' strategies to use nature-based solutions to become (or stay) resilient towards natural and manmade disasters and adapt to climate change. Reducing vulnerability, safeguarding freshwater supply and quality as well as ecosystem services, and installing robust, sustainable urban infrastructures, belong to the key tasks of any local government.

Future-proof brochure

The brochure includes case-studies from European Green Capital Network members and practical tips for local governments looking for ways to make their cities and towns future-proof.

Download the future-proof brochure.

Future-proof Videos

Watch the interviews and presentations below to hear from some of the European Green Capital Network experts who contributed to this toolkit.

Future-proof tools and resources

Green City Tool: A simple self-assessment and benchmarking tool for cities, and a source of information and advice for anyone wanting to learn more about how we can make cities greener and more sustainable.

Urban Adaptation Support Tool: Supports cities, towns and other local authorities in developing, implementing and monitoring climate change adaptation plans.

Urban Nature Atlas: A database of almost 1000 examples of Nature-Based Solutions from across 100 European cities.

European Resilience Management Guideline: Provides guidance to cities and local governments in assessing, but also strengthening their local resilience status.

GREEN SURGE Urban GI planning guide for practitioners: Offers guidance and inspiration for the strategic planning of urban green infrastructure and governance of cities around the world.

European Climate Risk Typology: Enables users to visualise, describe, compare and analyse climate risk in European cities and regions.

Oppla: The EU repository of Nature-Based Solutions, with the latest thinking on natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions.

UrbanByNature: The global programme for urban nature pioneers.

RAMSES adaptation toolbox: From the RAMSES project which delivered quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities.

Benefits Estimation Tool: Values the benefits of blue-green infrastructure.

Optioneering approach: Uses the Bankability Resilience Tool to encourage private businesses to invest in green space while maintaining public ownership.

Future-proof webinar: How can your city become future-proof?

On 12 June at 14:00, the European Green Capital Network welcomed cities and other interested parties to its Future-proof webinar. This event offered guidance, insider tips and the opportunity to learn and exchange experiences on cities becoming more resilient towards climate change.

The programme included presentations from Network member cities, including on how Hamburg is building 100 hectares of green roofs, Oslo’s stormwater management, and how Lisbon implemented its green infrastructure programme. Additionally, nature-based solutions experts offered guidance to cities looking to take the next step in becoming more resilient towards climate change.

Watch a recording of the webinar




Zero waste workshop

Ljubljana – Febiyan/Unsplash

6-7 November 2019

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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

It will focus on the vision of Zero Waste. 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 explores 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 will feature 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.