Leuven has been nominated for the European Green Leaf Award 2018. This European prize acknowledges smaller cities who improve sustainability and life quality for its inhabitants. The winner will be announced in June.
Sixty European cities participated for the event. Leuven was the only Belgian city to be nominated and has now made it to the final three together with Ludwigsburg (Germany) and Växjö (Sweden).
Mohamed Ridouani, council member for environment, has said to be "Very happy with this acknowledgement for all the efforts we make when it comes to climate and mobility. The city's progressive policy to launch the new circulation plan, more green areas, better squares and streets, more comfort for pedestrians and bicycles. But also the efforts of many partners such as KU Leuven, imec, KBC, and numerous other companies. But most of all this nomination is a massive recognition for Leuven 2030, who are working tirelessly into making Leuven one of the most livable cities in Europe. The fact that we made the top three, and maybe even become European Green Leaf City, shows that we're on the right path."
A panel of independent experts judges the participating cities on six criteria: Climate Change & Energy Performance, Mobility, Biodiversity & Land Use, Quality of Air & the Acoustic Environment, Waste Management & Circular Economy and Water & Wastewater Management.
The European Green Leaf Award is awarded to a European city with fewer than 100 000 inhabitants. This year saw a record number of participants. Former winners are Galway (Ireland), Mollet del Vallès (Spain) and Torres Vedras (Portugal).
Source: Leuven 2030