European Green Capital
DG Environment, European Commission
RPS is the Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award since November 2010. The Award is an initiative of the European Commission, DG Environment.
Since the launch of the Award in 2008, six cities have been designated a European Green Capital; Stockholm, Sweden in 2010; Hamburg, Germany in 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain's Basque region in 2012; Nantes, in Western France in 2013, the Danish capital, Copenhagen in 2014 and Bristol in the UK is the European Green Capital 2015 title holder. Ljubljana will hold the European Green Capital Award in 2016.
As Secretariat, RPS manages both the delivery of the competition on a technical level and the public awareness related to the Award through the European Green Capital Award website (www.europeangreencapital.eu), Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter pages, and through various communication channels such as brochures and press releases.
The European Green Leaf, a competition aimed at smaller cities has been launched for 2015. This competition is aimed at cities with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth and a sustainable urban environment. It will also be awarded on an annual basis by the European Commission.