Jury impressed by the city's sustainability strategy
Brussels - The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, has won the European Green Capital Award for 2016.
The other finalists shortlisted for the Award were Essen (Germany), Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Oslo (Norway) and Umea (Sweden). "As a citizen of Ljubljana, it is with immense pride that I congratulate the city on its environmental achievements" the EU Environment Commissioner, Janez Potocnik, declared. "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" Potocnik added.
The Jury was very impressed with Ljubljana's implementation of the city's sustainability strategy ('Vision 2025') which follows an integrated approach to environmental management. The Environmental Protection Programme, the Sustainable Mobility Plan, the Sustainable Energy Action Plan and the Electromobility Strategy all work together towards an integrated vision for the city. Ljubljana has made significant progress in the area of green procurement which has been implemented for 70% of all city purchases.
Transportation in Ljubljana has changed dramatically over the past decade and in 2013 Ljubljana modified the traffic flow within the city to give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. The slovenian capital adopted goals that will see private vehicles account for one-third share of all transport by 2020.