Ljubljana announced as European Green Capital 2016
Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, has been selected as European Green Capital for 2016. Janez Potočnik, the EU’s Commissioner for the Environment, presented the award to a delegation from the city at a ceremony in Copenhagen (Denmark), the current European Green Capital. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Potočnik said: “I very much look forward to [Ljubljana’s] year as the 2016 European Green Capital. All of the finalists of this award provide us with valuable real-life examples of how respect for the environment, excellent quality of life and economic growth can all be successfully combined.”
The city received particular praise for its sustainability strategy, which follows an integrated approach to environmental management. This includes an Environmental Protection Program, a Sustainable Mobility Plan, a Sustainable Energy Action Plan and an Electromobility Strategy. Ljubljana has also shown its commitment to sustainable and green procurement, which has been implemented for 70 percent of all city purchases. The local Ministry of Finance, supported by Umanotera, is a partner in the GPP 2020 project. The city has saved a considerable amount of energy and CO2 through their GPP tenders.
The European Green Capital Award is an annual event that promotes and rewards the efforts of cities committed to improving the urban environment. Winning cities demonstrate a record of achieving high environmental standards and commit to ambitious goals for future progress in sustainable development.
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