The European Green Capital Award (EGCA) is a competition for cities with more than 100,000 residents, organised by the European Commission. The first phase of the competition will compare sustainable urban development with future objectives in 12 sub-areas. In the final round, the cities must present an operational and communication plan for the year of the event.
Lahti has what it takes to win
On 24 September, the City Council decided that Lahti would participate in the European Green Capital 2021 Award. Lahti reached the finals in the 2019 and 2020 European Green Capital Award competitions. Oslo won in 2019 and Lisbon in 2020. Lahti's chances of winning the competition this time have further increased, due to the contest’s focus on regional policy and geography.
Lahti was praised for its impressive programme presented in the final last spring, and the commitment of its management. The jury highlighted the environmental strengths of the city, including long-term waste management in the region, promotion of the circular economy, water management, and new practices in sustainable land-use planning. The CitiCAP project was praised as an internationally significant example of the successful promotion of innovative, sustainable mobility.
International visibility through the competition
The competition process offers citizens and companies the opportunity to participate in implementing the vision underlying the city’s strategy. The city is also building a stronger cooperation programme for 2021, involving the commitment of partners and sponsors at national level. The visibility generated by the competition is strengthening Lahti's reputation as an internationally attractive environmental city.
The application period for the 2021 European Green Capital Award will end on 18 October 2018. Between 10 and 20 European cities have entered the competition each year, from which 3-5 finalists have been selected for the final round. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 350,000. The finalist cities will be announced in early April and the winner in May-June 2019.
Heini Moisio, Head of Communications tel. +358 50 383 6504