Cities can become prestigious winners and role models in the European Commission’s European Green Capital Award 2020 for larger cities, and the European Green Leaf Awards 2019 for smaller cities. Both competitions are now open for entries.
For the first time, the winner of the European Green Capital Award 2020 will receive a financial incentive of €350,000, while the European Green Leaf Award 2019winner will receive €75,000, to jump-start their environmental programmes.
In order to be awarded with the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) or the European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) cities have to demonstrate a well-established records of high environmental standards and a commitment to setting ambitious goals for future environmental progress, underpinned by the practical application of sustainable development.
The benefits of winning include:
- International prestige and media coverage.
- Attracting more foreign investment and tourism.
- Membership of an exclusive network of previous winners and shortlisted cities to share ideas and experience towards furthering your city’s efforts in environmental sustainability.
Polis member Leuven won the European Green Leaf award for 2018
The city of Leuven won the award together with the city of Växjö (Sweden). Leuven was recognised for the strong focus on climate change which led the city to introduce a number of actions in order to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The reinvestment of gains made from energy efficiency into new measures for green energy and the public participation in its climate and energy projects are among the best examples of the city’s commitment.
If you are interested in finding out more about the application process and to receive updates about the Awards cycle, register your interest, without any obligation. The closing date for this award cycle is 18th October 2017.
Source: European Green Capital
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