Today, the Spanish city of Valencia officially becomes the European Green Capital for 2024, taking over from the Estonian city of Tallinn.
Mayor María José Catalá receives the Green Book from Tallinn’s deputy mayor Tiit Terik.
Today, from 8:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a fireworks show accompanied by an audiovisual projection in the Palau de la Música will take place in front of the iconic Turia Garden building.
This event marks the conclusion of the first of two days planned as a prelude to Valencia being the European Green Capital 2024. Throughout these days, Valencia will unveil its lineup of events scheduled from January to December 2024.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Valencia has earned the Green Capital title because of its ambitious sustainability strategy, and it has learned from lessons in the past. For many decades, the city has been driven forward by a bold civic movement that sustains genuine change. People are Valencia’s asset. This year will enhance the experiences of citizens and support them even more in delivering the change we all need to achieve for a better future.”
Valencia earned the title thanks to its past and current achievements in the field of sustainable tourism, climate neutrality, as well as fair and inclusive green transition. As illustrated by its motto ‘On a Mission Together’, with its strong emphasis on people, Valencia effectively combines responses to environmental challenges with societal ones. 97% of city’s inhabitants live within 300 meters of green urban areas. The city has also a proven commitment to improving air quality and restoring nature ecosystems, such as the Devesa dune and wetland ecosystems. Valencia also stimulates a healthier, sustainable, and inclusive food production through its “Neighborhood and Food Program”.
Over 300 activities and events are planned to reach all sectors of the city – from specialized audiences in sustainability, production, and business, to the residents of Valencia.
The European Green Capital Award encourages cities to become greener and cleaner, and to improve the quality of life for their inhabitants. The call for applications for the next cycle of awards is now open until April 30, 2024.