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Essen (Alemania) será la Capital Verde Europea del 2017

The impressive transformation from coal and steel industry to the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is proof of Essen's successful structural change. On 21 January, the town of Essen in Germany will officially become the European Green Capital for 2017. In a ceremony, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will hand over the title for 2017 from Ljubljana to Essen. With more than two thirds of Europeans living in towns or cities, addressing environmental challenges is of outmost importance for the health and wellbeing of citizens. The European Green Capital Award rewards efforts and commitment to improving the urban environment, boosting awareness of the need for environmental change at the city level. Essen will act as role model for sustainable urban development, sharing and promoting best practices that have been tried and tested in this German city. The Commission is also developing the "Green City Tool" – a new voluntary tool which any city can use to benchmark and monitor its environmental performance. It is based on 12 criteria, used to select Green Capitals, and will help European cities to improve their urban environment and quality of life. The tool is expected to be launched in June. | RAPID IP/17/85, 20.1.2017


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