Valencia, finalist for the title of European Green Capital
| 25.07.2022 | 08:00
Valencia's commitment to sustainability is once again being recognized throughout Europe with the city's selection as one of the two finalists, together with Cagliari (Italy), for the title of European Green Capital 2024.
The award, presented by the European Commission, recognizes cities' efforts to improve the environment and the quality of life of their residents and visitors. In the case of Valencia, the creation and protection of green spaces, such as the Albufera Natural Park, the peri-urban farmland and the Turia Garden, combine with sustainable mobility initiatives, proper urban waste management and the recovery of public spaces, such as the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and others.
Valencia already has other notable sustainability credentials, including the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 and the Capital of Sustainable Food in 2017. In addition to being a pioneer in measuring and offsetting the carbon and water footprint of tourism, it is one of the hundred cities selected by the European Union for its Cities Mission project, whose goal is to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.
This is the first time that Valencia has opted for the European Green Capital, an honor that has so far only been bestowed in Spain to Vitoria in 2012. The two finalists, chosen from eight nominees, will argue their case before a jury that will meet in the coming months in Grenoble, the current holder of the title. The winning city will be announced on October 27.