European Green Capital 2012

The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) won the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) 2012. The EGCA is an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2010 to recognize the role that local authorities play in improving the environment, the economy and the quality of life of growing urban populations.

Vitoria-Gasteiz is the third European city to win the prestigious title of European Green Capital, following Stockholm and Hamburg. As a pedestrian-scale compact city, Vitoria-Gasteiz’s urban mobility policy is founded on the development of cycle lanes, pedestrian areas and green public spaces throughout the city centre. Such initiatives, which “pull” residents towards the use of non-motorised transport, have shown impressive results. Almost half (49%) of all journeys within the city are now made by foot.

The title will pass to Nantes in 2013. The competition to find the 2014 European Green Capital is currently underway with 18 cities contending for the title. The 2014 winner will be announced in June 2012.

Further information available at the following website: http://ec.europa.eu

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