Two EUROCITIES members, Lisbon (Portugal) and Ghent (Belgium), along with Lahti (Finland), were finalists at the European Green Capital 2020 Awards at a ceremony hosted by this year’s Green Capital, Nijmegen (Netherlands).
The title, presented by EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, was awarded to Lisbon. The Jury, which decides the award winner, felt that Lisbon could be a role model for many European cities as it started its sustainability programme during the economic crisis, and they are now showing that sustainability and economic growth work well together.
It was highlighted that Lisbon has strengths in the areas of sustainable land use, sustainable urban mobility, green growth and innovation, climate change adaptation and waste.
Lisbon was also 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 CO2 emissions (2002-14), reducing energy consumption by 23% and water consumption by 17% from 2007 to 2013.