Essen becomes the European Green Capital for 2017

January 24, 2017

Hat: On 21 January 2017, the city of Essen in Germany is officially the European Green Capital for 2017. At a ceremony, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment awarded the precious title. The city of Essen succeeds Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Funding Scheme: 2017-01-24

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


The European Green Capital Award rewards efforts and commitment to improving the urban environment and boosting awareness of the need for environmental change at the city level. Essen will act as a role model for sustainable urban development, sharing and promoting best practices that have been tried and tested in this German city


Thomas Kufen, Mayor of Essen, said: “This award is recognition of Essen’s great efforts to establish itself as a city in transformation; overcoming a challenging industrial history to reinvent itself as a Green City. We strive to be a leading example for other European cities in finding sustainable solutions to urban challenges”.
During its year as European Green Capital 2017, Essen plans to initiate over 300 citizens’ projects and events that will further improve the quality of life of the city and put sustainability at the heart of the city’s development programmes.

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