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Slovenia beats Norway in climate award. Ljubljana wins 2016’s European Green Capital Award ahead of Oslo. In justifying their award, the European Commission’s jury said they were most impressed by the Slovenian capital’s sustainability strategy ('Vision 2025'). The former car-dominated city evolved into an eco-friendly environment, prioritizing pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport.

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Slovenia beats Norway in climate award

Published on Tuesday, 24th June, 2014 at 18:42 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th June 2014 at 21:49.

Ljubljana wins 2016’s European Green Capital Award ahead of Oslo.

A view in Ljubjana
The Triple Bridge over the Ljubljanica River in the city centre.A view in Ljubjana
Photo: Petar Milošević/Wikimedia Commons


In justifying their award, the European Commission’s jury said they were most impressed by the Slovenian capital’s sustainability strategy ('Vision 2025').

The former car-dominated city evolved into an eco-friendly environment, prioritizing pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport.

Moreover, motorized traffic within the city limits has been curbed since 2013, and cycling is increasing. More than 1.6 million journeys have been made using the 'BicikeLJ' bike-sharing system since 2011.

According to the statement, an international panel of 12 experts assessed twelve cities that applied to become 2016’s European Green City.

Each was assessed according to twelve indicators:

  • Climate change: mitigation and adaptation
  • Local transport
  • Green areas incorporating sustainable land use
  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Ambient air quality
  • Quality of the acoustic environment
  • Waste production and management
  • Water management
  • Waste water treatment
  • Eco-innovation and sustainable employment
  • Energy performance
  • Integrated environmental management

Only five cities were shortlisted for the final, however. Oslo thus joined Ljubljana along with Holland’s Nijmegen, Essen in Germany, and Umeå (Sweden).  

Norway’s capital got full credit for its local transport. Journeys carried out by car have decreased from 45% in 2005 to 35% today.

It also scored top on air quality, publication Dagsavisen reported, Tuesday. This is despite complaints and threatened legal action by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) due to Norwegian cities’ high levels of pollution.

But water consumption in Oslo is high. Each person uses 160 litres per day, exceeding the average in other European cities of 100 litres per person per day. Waste water treatment facilities are also poor in certain parts of the Norwegian capital.

Explaining the reason for Oslo’s application to become European Green Capital 2016, city councillor for transport and the environment Kathy Melby said it was because “we want to push ourselves to become even better.”

“This also includes the areas in which we are not so good at the moment,” she added.

Last year’s European Green Capital was Nantes (France), this year’s city is Copenhagen (Denmark) and 2015’s will be Bristol (United Kingdom).




Published on Tuesday, 24th June, 2014 at 18:42 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th June 2014 at 21:49.

This post has the following tags: climate, environment, norway, europe.





  
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