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Grenoble was named the green capital of Europe

City of Grenoble in the region of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
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In 2022, Grenoble became the second city in the history of France, officially receiving the title of green capital of Europe. In 2013, it was awarded to Nantes, and earlier, the environmental leader was Finnish Lahti.

The European Commission has been awarding the title of European Green Capital since 2008. The title may be awarded to cities with more than 100,000 people while demonstrating a sustainable level of development. They are assessed according to 12 criteria, including the maintenance of biodiversity, air and water quality, and the presence of "green" transport.

Today, most of the city's energy is supplied by hydroelectric power plants, and by the end of the year, Grenoble is expected to switch completely to renewable sources, including using achievements in the field of hydrogen energy. Several large start-ups are responsible for its development.

The city authorities also plan to increase the number of pedestrian and green areas gradually. By 2030, more than 160 thousand trees will grow here, which is comparable to the population of Grenoble. It is assumed that such measures will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half compared to 1990.