Larissa, the largest city and capital of the Thessaly region in Greece, is among the 12 cities from 11 different countries that have entered the EU competition to become European Green Capital 2016.
Mayor Costas Tzanakoulis declares that Larissa has put forth many efforts to improve the environmental conditions. An eventual distinction could offer many benefits to the city.
In particular, the main criteria of the competition are: climate change, local transportation, nature and biodiversity, air quality, production and waste management, eco-innovation, energy efficiency, etc. This is the first year that cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants were eligible.
The European Green Capital Award is presented to a city at the forefront of environmentally friendly urban management. These cities aim to set higher standards in sustainable urban development, listening to what their citizens want and pioneering innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
The candidacy is strong as is the municipality of Larissa in following a coherent strategic framework. Tzanakoulis stated “we intervene on many levels and we are confident that Larissa meets the terms and conditions of the European competition. We hope for a European distinction, which will bring significant benefits to our city.”
The winner of the competition will be announced in June 2014.The green capital of 2013 is Bristol, UK.