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European Green Capital award for 2020 goes to Lisbon, Portugal
The title for European Green Leaf 2019, which concerns smaller cities, goes jointly to the cities of Cornellà de Llobregat in Spain and Horst aan de Maas in the Netherlands.
These prestigious titles were awarded at a ceremony in Nijmegen (the European Green Capital 2018 while Oslo will be in 2019) by Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella: "As we enter the second decade of the European Green Capital Awards, the initiative has become even more significant than ever. Globally we are faced with enormous environmental challenges. Climate change, over consumption, plastic waste and biodiversity loss are major threats to our cities and our future. It is heartening and inspiring to see such strong leadership from Lisbon, and other European Green Capital winners."
The Jury found that Lisbon can be a role-model across the EU, demonstrating clearly that sustainability and economic growth go hand in hand.
It was the first capital in Europe to sign the New Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy in 2016, after achieving a 50% reduction in C02 emissions (2002-14), reducing energy consumption by 23% and water consumption by 17% from 2007 to 2013, having one of the world's largest networks of electric vehicle charging points, while 39% of the municipal car fleet is electric.
The Spanish city of Cornellà de Llobregat was commended for its commitment to sustainable transport modes and water management measures and the Dutch city of Horst aan de Maas was recognised for its well-planned inclusive urban strategy and its extensive bicycle and public transport network.