Tallinn - the European Green Capital 2023
At the European Green Capital Awards Ceremony on 9th of September, 2021, in Lahti, Finland - Tallinn was announced to be the European Green Capital 2023.
See the presentation:
Tallinn impressed the international Jury with their systemic approach to green governance and interlinked strategic goals, which reflect the ambitions of the European Green Deal. As one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn is characterized by a diverse and mosaic nature of its landscapes and communities, which also serve as habitats for rare species.
Tallinn will lead the newly launched network of 19 European cities, which aims to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the local level, focusing among other things on poverty eradication, gender equality, clean water, climate change, sustainable cities and energy sustainability, economic growth and employment.
In October 2020, Tallinn presented its application which describes the city's activities with statistics in 12 areas: air quality, noise, waste, water, nature and biodiversity, sustainable land use, green growth and eco-innovation, climate change mitigation, adaption to climate change, sustainable urban mobility, energy efficiency and governance.
Since the submission of the application, the Tallinn City Council has adopted two important strategic documents. The Tallinn 2035 strategy has been approved by the council at the end of 2020, and the climate plan “Climate-Neutral Tallinn 2030” in June 2021.
One of the goals of the Tallinn Strategy is to carry out a green transition in the city. Sustainability and the green transition do not only affect the natural environment of Tallinn but are the central principle of the whole society and economic life. Tallinners lead a life to preserve the environment because they feel responsible for the future: each generation is responsible for creating and maintaining a good living environment for their children. Citizens care about the environment, live resource-efficiently and consume according to the principle of the circular economy. The knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour of the people of Tallinn make Tallinn a modern city with a good living environment.
Tallinn is adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 (the base year is 2007). Climate neutrality will be achieved by the middle of the century.
Among the areas of the green capital, Tallinn has good indicators regarding air quality and nature protection and biodiversity, but the city has greater challenges in the areas of sustainable mobility and the circular economy. To better carry out and coordinate the Green Transition, a strategy centre has been established in the beginning of 2021, which also includes a strategic planning service.
Since the beginning of this year, Tallinn has been leading the European Network of Sustainable Cities, which aims to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in cities. In addition, Tallinn has started to develop a dashboard which will enable it to monitor the fulfilment of the city's development goals in the future.
Within the framework of the Green Capital, Tallinn cooperates with a variety of partners from both the private sector and research institutions. In 2021, several smart city projects are underway in the city, such as the Pollinator Highway, Digital Audit, Green Twins.
See the presentation of the last year's final here: