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Published on 12/06/2019 - Modified on 28/10/2019

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Strasbourg, finalist to be the European Green Capital for 2021

Strasbourg is one of the three finalists to be the European Green Capital for 2021. Each year, this European Commission competition rewards a city with over 100,000 inhabitants for its sustainable public policies and ambition for the future.

Eco-friendly transport, renewable energy, sustainable urban planning, eco-districts, green enterprises, biodiversity, etc.: for 30 years, the City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg have been implementing a proactive sustainable development policy and a host of pioneering actions, such as the tram network in the past and the first positive energy tower Elithis today.

The European Commission has recognized the quality and ambition of these public policies, choosing Strasbourg as one of the three finalists for the title of 2021 European Green Capital, alongside Lille in France and Lahti in Finland. The results were announced on April 11, 2019, after the nine candidate cities' applications submitted in October 2018 had been examined. The jury assessed 12 criteria, including sustainable mobility and urban planning, nature and biodiversity, air quality, waste management, green growth, energy performance, and governance.

One of the top major European green cities

The next and final step: Strasbourg will present its ambitions and strategy to a jury on June 20, 2019 in Oslo, the winning city in 2019, following in the footsteps of Stockholm, Hamburg, Nantes, Copenhagen, Bristol and Lisbon. If Strasbourg is the winner, 2021 will be a year of celebratory events and activities.

Being chosen as a finalist is already a great success and a source of pride. The European Commission's goal is to encourage cities to make a long-term commitment to sustainable development and the ecological transition. The City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg are aiming for mobilization: this honorary title would place Strasbourg among the top major European green cities and boost the transformation dynamic set in motion 30 years ago.


Assets and ambitions

Discover Strasbourg's assets, plans and ambitions for the future:

  • Strasbourg, a sustainable cross-border region
  • An oasis region that protects water, nature, and green spaces
  • A low-carbon region that implements eco-friendly mobility options, sustainable urban planning, and relies on renewable energy
  • A region of green growth that fosters innovation, the responsible circular economy, local agriculture, etc.



"Our current and past efforts to protect the climate and the environment have been noted and singled out. As this European competition is very selective, this first recognition already represents a success. It will allow us to boost our public policies and mobilize our ability to respond collectively to the challenges of tomorrow. It's an exciting dynamic."

Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, and Robert Herrmann, Chair of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg


Strasbourg, ranked first* for its actions to promote:

  • climate change mitigation
  • sustainable urban mobility
  • nature and biodiversity
  • energy performance

*out of the 9 candidate cities for 2021 European Green Capital