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Building urban resilience: nine cities on the shortlist for the next European Green City Awards

12 May 2020: As the world struggles with an unprecedented health, social and economic crisis, nine European cities are showing continued commitment to sustainability, as they enter the final stage of the European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards. In the new context this commitment becomes even more important, as green cities are not only healthier places to live, they are also more resilient to the future crises caused by climate change, biodiversity loss and scarcity of resources.

Dijon (France), Grenoble (France), Tallinn (Estonia) and Turin (Italy) are the four finalists for the title of European Green Capital 2022.

Finalists for the European Green Capital Award 2022

For the European Green Leaf 2021 contest, open to smaller urban areas, the finalists are Elsinore (Denmark), Gabrovo (Bulgaria), Lappeenranta (Finland), Nyborg (Denmark) and Ringkøbing-Skjern (Denmark). Up to two cities may win the award in any given year.

Finalists for the European Green Leaf Award 2021

Since 2008, the European Green Capital Awards have been rewarding and highlighting the achievements of Europe’s greenest cities – those that are making our urban environments better and healthier places to live. With more than two thirds of Europe’s population living in urban areas, these Awards play a vital role in informing and inspiring other cities and towns that strive for urban sustainability and eco-innovation towards implementing the European Green Deal.

European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “In a context of climate emergency, Europe needs inspiring stories and good examples to follow. This year’s finalists are providing that – they are quieter, healthier and greener cities, all proving that local solutions already exist for the vast majority of the urban problems we face. They are ambassadors for change, showing that we can build a better environment, creating resilient cities for a more secure future.”

Next steps

The shortlisted cities will now proceed to the final stage of the competition: convincing an international jury of their overall commitment to sustainable urban development, their capacity to act as a role model to other cities, and their strategy for communicating and engaging with their citizens. The Jury presentations and Awards Ceremony will be held over two days, later this year, most likely in Lisbon, the current European Green Capital (2020).

The winner of European Green Capital 2022 will win €350 000 and the winner(s) of the European Green Leaf 2021 title will win €75 000 to kick-start their green years (max. 2 winners).