4/6/2017 2:30 PM

Lahti makes the finals of the European Green Capital Award

Lahti is one of the five shortlisted finalists for the 2019 European Green Capital Award. Arranged by the European Commission, this annual competition rewards a city that has promoted the achievement of environmental goals on a broad front.

The other finalists are Ghent, Lisbon, Oslo and Tallinn. A total of 14 European cities entered the competition. The cities were evaluated on the basis of the application’s twelve themes depicting the state of their environment, progress on environmental issues, and future plans.

Lahti has what it takes to win

A city that wants to win the competition must be an exemplary and ambitious environmental city, which is committed to meeting sustainable development goals through its strategy.

Lahti’s environmental strengths include its long-term restoration of its river and lake system, sustainable development activities in schools and kindergartens, exemplary waste management at provincial level, circulation economy expertise, and investments in renewable energy.

- In the view of the expert jury, the City of Lahti has shown that it belongs to the elite of European environmental cities. In the evaluation, note was taken of Lahti’s long-term and diverse environmental activities. Now it’s a question of getting a common and inspiring message across to the jury and the wider world about the city’s future goals. Decision-makers, residents and businesses are invited to participate in communicating this message from our environmental city, says Saara Vauramo, Environmental Director.

Next, the finalists will present the jury with an operational and communications plan for 2019. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in Essen on 2 June 2017. The title has previously been won by cities such as Essen, Bristol, Stockholm, Hamburg and Ljubljana.

For additional information, please contact:

Saara Vauramo, Environmental Director, tel. +358 44 716 1585