European Commission scoops award for green capital initiative
15 May 2018
Set up in 2008, with RPS as secretariat for seven of the past 10 years, the award is given to a city that excels in sustainable urban living, has ambitious future goals and is capable of acting as a role model
Pictured at the award presentation in Dublin Castle: PJ Rudden RPS director, Minister Eoghan Murphy TD, Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general, DG Environment, and Louise Connolly RPS project manager
The European Commission has won the 2018 Public Sector Magazine Award for its European Green Capital Award initiative. It was presented recently in Dublin to DG Environment director general Daniel Calleja Crespo by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD.
DG Calleja was accompanied by RPS, which is the European Commission secretariat for the European Green Capital Award (EGCA). The secretariat is responsible for the technical, environmental and communications management of the awards.
City that excels in sustainable urban living
The European Commission was given the award because of its 10 years in initiating and growing the success of the European Green Capital Award (EGCA). Set up in 2008, the award is given to a city that excels in sustainable urban living, has ambitious future goals and is capable of acting as a role model for other cities. RPS has been secretariat for seven of the past 10 years.
The EGCA is open to cities with a population of more than 100,000. Due to its success, a similar competition – the European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) – was created in 2015 for cities with populations of 20,000 and up to 100,000 inhabitants.
Since 2008, there have been 10 EGCA winning cities: Stockholm, Sweden (2010); Hamburg, Germany (2011); Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain (2012); Nantes, France (2013); Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); Bristol, UK (2015); Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016); Essen, Germany (2017); Nijmegen, Netherlands (2018) and Oslo, Norway (2019).
To date, there have been five winners of the EGLA drawn from five member states. The cities of Mollet del Vallès, Spain, and Torres Vedras, Portugal, were awarded it in 2015; Galway won in 2017, while Leuven, Belgium, and Växjö, Sweden, are the winners this year.
Cities are initially technically assessed by an international panel of experts on 12 environmental indicators for the EGCA and six topic areas for the EGLA. Shortlisted cities then present to an international jury chaired by the European Commission with members drawn from representative bodies including the Committee of the Regions, Covenant of Mayors, European Parliament, Eurocities, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
A very significant environmental initiative across the member states
“This annual competition among cities has grown to be a very significant environmental initiative across the member states from north to south and from east to west,” said director general Daniel Calleja Crespo.
“Each city has its own unique character and environmental problems to address but by sharing these issues and solutions that learning is transferred from city to city. Examples of issues addressed include the need to adapt to future climate change, to better manage our water resources and transform waste management into circular economy solutions.
“This award celebrates the many cities that have entered the competition, have been shortlisted and that have won – all of which are determined to exchange ideas, learn more sustainable practices, to inspire others and to collaborate in the future as a network of European cities,” he concluded.
Up to now, a total of 86 cities have entered the awards, drawn from 26 member states, which indicates a high level of engagement over the past 10 years. We will continue to build on the cities’ enthusiasm to be leaders of urban sustainability and to inspire their rivals.
The EGCA winner for 2020 will be announced at a ceremony in June 2018 from a shortlist of three: Ghent, Belgium; Lahti, Finland; and Lisbon, Portugal. The EGLA winner for 2019 will also be announced at the same event in Nijmegen.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2018/05/15/european-commission-scoops-award-green-capital-initiative/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/a-eoghan1-1024x682.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/a-eoghan1-300x300.jpgNewsawards,European Union,RPS Group