Grenoble is European green capital of 2022!

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The city of Grenoble, led by mayor Éric Piolle, was awarded the title of European Green Capital for the year 2022.

The award is created with the idea to inspire cities in becoming greener and more environmentally friendly. By winning the European Green Capital title 2022, the city of Grenoble will certainly draw even more tourists, events, investors, and overall promotion.

The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius, French Minister of the Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili and mayor of Grenoble Éric Piolle who is very happy about the city’s big achievement.

The city implemented more than 12 green indicators that are required for winning the award but it also adopted the climate plan in 2005. 

Grenoble’s authorities managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from 2005 to 2006, and now, they are working towards reducing more than 50% by 2030.

Furthermore, the city of Grenoble is France’s largest low emission zone. Speed limits were reduced and the city also designed quiet areas to address noise pollution. 

5500 trees were planted since 2014. The goal is now to plant 10,000 trees before 2030. In 2022, Grenoble plans to produce the equivalent of its inhabitants consumption in renewable, zero-carbon, and zero-nuclear energy. 

The city of Grenoble is also one of the French cities with impressive cycling rates and is the second-largest city in France after Paris that uses 80% renewable energy and energy recovery with the ambition to use 100% by 2030. More than 200,000 citizens have a habit of recycling their food waste daily. (photo credit: Richard Mcall/Pixabay)