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Valencia is the European Green Capital 2024

Valencia, the city of art and sciences Valencia, the city of art and sciences

The Spanish city of Valencia will be the European Green Capital of the year 2024. The winning title was granted yesterday at a special ceremony in the French city of Grenoble.

The prestigious event also announced the winners of the second coveted annual title in that sphere – the European Green Leaf. These are Velenje, in Slovenia, and Helsingør (also known as Elsinore), in Denmark.

The European Green Capital winner will receive a financial prize of 600,000 euros to implement their strategy and engage and mobilise their citizens and stakeholders. Each winner of the EU Green Leaf laureates is granted a financial prize of 200,000 euros to help organise their respective year and spark further transformational activities.

The results were announced at the awards ceremony in this year's green capital, France's Grenoble . Having reached the final against Cagliari , the Spanish city will succeed the Estonian capital, Tallin, the European green capital for 2023.

"You are the heart of our environmental policies, you are the reason why we have established this award, why we bring cities together to share best practices," said the European Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius , addressing the cities that reached the final in a video message broadcast during the award ceremony.

The other city to reach the finals that competed for the title of Valencia was the Italian city of Cagliari. The Valencian capital, the new European green capital, is following in the footsteps of exemplary ecological cities such as Tallinn (Estonia), Grenoble, Lahti (Finland), Lisbon, Oslo, Nijmegen (Netherlands), Essen (Germany), Bristol (UK), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Copenhagen, Nantes, Vitoria or Hamburg. So far, only the Basque city of Vitoria, in 2012, received this award in Spain.

The Award is given each year to a city, which is leading the way in environmentally friendly urban living. 

The Award encourages cities to commit to ambitious goals for further environmental improvement.

The four main hubs of the green capital of Valenciawhich is the result of extensive work done in recent years, is: Increasing green infrastructure and enhancing urban biodiversity, the mission of climate and energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and restoring public spaces and sustainable food associated with l’Horta.

Throughout the night, the City Council will illuminate in green the facades of the City Hall, the Porta de la Mar, the Veles e Vents building, the Palau de Congressos, the Palau de la Música, the fountain in the Plaça de the Town Hall and the fountain on Avinguda del Cid. 

 

 

 

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