Valencia can officially call itself European Green Capital 2024! Tallinn, European Green Capital 2023, hands over the baton, allowing Valencia to proudly carry the title. This makes it the second Spanish city (after Vitoria in 2012) to receive this distinction.
What does the title entail and why was Valencia chosen? We are happy to tell you more about it.
Why is Valencia the European Green Capital 2024?
Valencia’s commitment to green living and sustainable practices has made it a model city in Europe. The city inspires and leads in terms of environmental awareness and green initiatives. In this regard, there are several areas in which Valencia excels, such as:
1. Greenery within walking distance
Almost all of Valencia’s residents (97%) live just 300 meters away from green spaces in the city. This contributes to the air we breathe and the development of natural areas. The Turia Park, as the green lung of the city, is of course a great example, but Valencia city is full of green parks for people and animals to enjoy.
2. Protected natural area
Valencia embraces the protection of green areas, with the Albufera Natural Park as a shining example. This unique natural area rich in biodiversity is located close to the city and allows residents to enjoy the serene beauty of the marshes.
3. Extensive bicycle network
With more than 160 kilometers of bike lanes, Valencia is a cyclist’s paradise. This eco-friendly mode of transportation not only contributes to a greener city but also promotes the health of its residents.
4. Car-free zones
Valencia’s streets and squares have been transformed into safe and friendly areas for pedestrians. More and more car-free zones have recently been introduced in the historic center, such as the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Plaza de la Reina.
5. Local food production
Valencia also promotes healthier, sustainable and inclusive food production through its “Neighborhood and Food Program.” This program helps create local food production that promotes health and sustainability. In Valencia, you can buy many local products, at both daily markets and pop-up markets.
6. Pioneer in sustainability
Valencia has already received numerous important sustainability awards, including the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 and the Capital of Sustainable Food in 2017. The city has also been a pioneer in measuring and offsetting tourism’s carbon and water footprint. In addition, Valencia is one of 100 cities selected by the European Union for the Cities Mission project, which aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.
What does the title mean for the city?
The recognition as European Green Capital brings not only honor but also tangible benefits. Valencia will receive support of 600,000 euros for environmental projects. This financial boost will support the city in implementing sustainable policies and green initiatives.
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