For the first time, the European Commission honored a south European capital with this distinction.
“Lisbon will be a great ambassador of the European Green Capital and a great inspiration to other cities”, Karmenu Vella
This is the recognition of the city’s efforts over the last decade to build a more user-friendly city, with emphasis on the strong growth of large pedestrian and green areas, as well as the advances and commitments in energy efficiency and good water management.
From urban gardens and green spaces with more sustainable irrigation to sustainable mobility policies, the use of renewable energy, thermal regulation, and energy-efficient equipment and lighting, Lisbon has implemented many sustainable solutions.
Why should you come to Lisbon in 2020?
The initiatives for the 2020 European Green Capital agenda aim to gather and empower all the citizens.
In a recent interview, Lisbon’s Mayor, Fernando Medina, highlighted some not to be missed, top key events: Planetiers World Gathering, as well as the opening ceremony and the Urban Future Global Conference.
Planetiers World Gathering is the biggest planned initiative and will be a celebration of all the events that come before it – empowering the positive change this agenda aims to create in the world.
But there are dozens of different activities programmed throughout 2020, such as inaugurations, conferences, and cultural initiatives, as well as 4 exhibitions divided into water, energy, biodiversity, and climate change themes.
What is being done?
Sustainable policies are the promises of the Lisbon Council for 2020. Projects for pedestrian and biking pathways, getting electric buses, and extending parks are ongoing.
“We want to leave a legacy and make a real commitment to the future. The award is for 2020 but the program will not be exhausted in a year, as the choice and structure of the initiatives is planned for the 2020 – 2030 horizon”, José Sá Fernandes.
The Lisbon municipality is also launching an online platform to collect Lisbon’s contributions for the environment, climate, and energy, as well as a 5-million Green Participatory Budget for projects related to the European Green Capital agenda, that will receive an environmental green seal.
Different capitals, embassies, companies, municipalities, parks, and natural reservoirs, and research centers are all being invited to participate in next year’s agenda.
To know more about this 2020 Agenda, visit the Lisbon Green Capital official website.