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09 January 2013
Nantes takes Green Capital title for 2013In a prestigious awards ceremony in Brussels, Nantes has taken over the title of European Green Capital for 2013. Nantes is France’s sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising of 600,000 inhabitants.
In 2004, Time Magazine named Nantes ‘the most liveable city in Europe’. Over the past 10 years, Nantes has developed a sustainable transport policy with a focus on public transport and bicycles. Development within the city centre is planned to minimise car transport and to provide pedestrians with optimal conditions.
Eight cities have applied to become European Green Capital in 2015: Bristol, UK; Brussels, Belgium; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow, UK; Kaunas, Lithuania; Kutahya, Turkey and Ljubljana, Slovenia.
EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said, ‘This is the sixth year of the European Green Capital Award. It is encouraging to see former applicants reapplying and new ones showing genuine interest. Many EU cities are setting global standards for urban sustainability, with pioneering innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The Green Capital Award is a unique opportunity for them to share this knowledge with the rest of Europe.’
For more see http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html
Date Posted: 09 January 2013
News Group: EU Initiatives and Policies