Lisbon’s efforts and advances in energy efficiency and good water management have been valued: Lisbon is in January the European Green Capital.
June 21st of 2018 is a date not to be forgotten for this Southern European City, who, for the first time won the distinction for the European Green Capital, awarded by the European Commission.
Every year more than 30 cities undergo a long and demanding application, and a selection process to receive this distinction that aims to reward the efforts, and consequently, the results achieved in areas such as ecology, energy effectiveness or the social sustainability of society.
In Lisbon’s case, advances in areas such as energy efficiency, good water management and efforts to build a city more friendly to people, with emphasis on the pedestrianization of large areas of the city and the strong growth of green areas were factors valued by the jury. Added to this, the ambitious goals set for the future in the five key areas: Energy, Water, Mobility, Waste and Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity.
The European Green Capital award comes at a time when, while the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, the political agenda of ecological and social sustainability has been undergoing challenges and setbacks unthinkable years before. The importance of this distinction for a city like ours, which faces the harsh climate challenges of southern countries, increases Lisbon’s responsibilities and commitment to placing climate change at the heart of the political agenda of the European cities and Portuguese-speaking countries.