The Dublin office of RPS, the environmental, engineering, planning and communications consultancy, has been appointed by the EU Commission to manage and promote The European Green Capitals Award across EU Member States. The appointment follows an open tender process and is for the co-ordination of a Europe-wide competition and adjudication panel, as well as an extensive communications campaign.
The task involves promoting awareness across Europe of the 2010 and 2011 winning cities – Stockholm and Hamburg as role models for sustainable living and managing the competition to appoint the European Green Capital City for 2014 and 2015.
“We are very excited to have been chosen to manage this prestigious award for the EU Commission which promotes sustainable urban living throughout the EU,” says PJ Rudden, director of RPS. “Stockholm was awarded the first European Green Capital Award in 2010 and Hamburg has won the Award for 2011. Both cities were awarded European Green Capital status in recognition of their consistent records of high environmental standards and strong commitment to further improvement.”
Any city in Europe with a population in excess of 200,000 people can enter the Green Capital competition. The applications from cities will be assessed under the headings of Climate Change, Transport Mobility, Sustainable Land Use, Green Urban Areas, Nature and Biodiversity, Air Quality, Noise, Water and Wastewater Management, Waste Management, Environmental Management Systems and Communications.