The European Green Capital Award, now in its tenth year, pays tribute to European cities where innovation has taken hold; it recognizes cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly urban living. European Green Capital Award winners set higher standards in sustainable urban development, listening to what their citizens want and pioneering innovative solutions to attract investment.
An expert panel will assess each entry on the basis of 12 indicators covering climate change mitigation and adaptation; local transport; green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use; ambient air quality; nature and biodiversity; quality of the acoustic environment; waste production and management; water management; waste-water treatment; eco-innovation and sustainable employment; energy performance and integrated environmental management.
To date, nine cities have been awarded the title of European Green Capital since its inception in 2010. Stockholm won the inaugural title, followed by Hamburg in 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2012, Nantes in 2013, and Bristol in 2015. The current holder for 2016 is Ljubljana, Slovenia, who will pass it to Essen, Germany in 2017. The Dutch city of Nijmegen will inherit the title in 2018.
European Green Capital is an initiative of the European Union. The city of Nijmegen will join the programme for 2018, together with many other parties in the city, and will collaborate with the Provincial Authority of Gelderland and Green Capital Challenges as founders. We are the joint owners, and we are excited to express that in our organisation.