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Covenant of Mayors signatories continue their winning streak in the European Green Capital award competition. The Covenant signatory city of Ljubljana is the new European Green Capital for 2016, taking over from the current title holder, the Covenant city of Bristol, UK.
Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson handed over the title to Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković during an official ceremony that was held yesterday in Brussels.
Ljubljana is the first city in Central and South-eastern Europe to hold the title of European Green Capital. The Covenant signatory was rewarded for its multiple efforts in the field of sustainability, environment, energy and climate over the past years, such as the widespread creation and restoration of urban green spaces. Ljubljana is the first European capital to have defined a Zero Waste Strategy. In the last decade alone, the Slovenian capital increased ten-fold the amount of waste that is collected through separation and sorting. In its SEAP, Ljubljana set itself a CO2-reduction target of 21% by 2020. As the European Green Capital for 2016, Ljubljana will dedicate each month of this year to a different environmental theme. While in January the focus was on smart waste management, this month it is on local self-sufficiency.
Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković said that the European Green Capital award had already had a positive impact on the city. "Since the award, there has been an increase of 18% in tourism and also increased confidence of investors". Deputy Mayor Tjaša Ficko stressed the mainstreaming of green policies in the city's urban planning. She also affirmed that Ljubljana's citizens were the municipality's most important stakeholder and "the reason [they] started the project of European Green Capital".
More information on Ljubljana's activities as the European Green Capital for 2016 can be found here.
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