The Estonia capital Tallinn was announced, 9 September, as the European Green Capital 2023 at an event in Finland. Tallinn follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Stockholm, Hamburg, Oslo, and Lisbon.
The Estonian Convention Bureau (Estonian CVB) said Tallinn’s vision to deliver actions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, along with its strong climate-neutral roadmap which commits it to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030, were among the reasons it won the title and €600,000 (US$710,490) to invest in green solutions.
Mihhail Kõlvart, the Mayor of Tallinn, stated: “I thank the jury for this honour and the great responsibility that comes with the title of European Green Capital. Participation in the competition has allowed us to better formulate our efforts, create co-operation networks and adopt strategies. But our incentive is not just titles and directives, but, above all, people. For us, a green capital means that Tallinn is inviting, comfortable, and clean – a city of the future.”
Tallinn reached the final of the competition together with Helsingborg, Sweden; Krakow, Poland; and Sofia, Bulgaria. A total of 16 cities applied for the title of European Green Capital.
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