We will have a lot of activities and need to talk about “evolve”is the word of Lisbon Green Capital European. The award left everyone euphoric: this is the first time that a Southern European city has been distinguished by the European Commission’s European Green Capital Award initiative. This distinction rewards the progress made in terms of sustainability, in six key areas – energy, water, mobility, waste, green infrastructure and biodiversity.
The city won not because is the most green but the most city had an evolution about green city. Between 2004 e 2016 the city reduced 46% consumption of water and Carbon dioxide emissions in the municipality decreased by 42% from 2002 to 2016. For this, the municipality proposes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
There are several spaces in the city that have already taken the sustainable train, with thematic programs to celebrate the environment, from the Natural History and Science Museum to the world famous Lisbon Oceanarium.
Making the city resilient to climate change is another objective. For example, with more green areas and planting more trees. According to the municipality’s accounts, between 2017 and 2021, 100 thousand trees should be planted. In that year, Lisbon should have 347 hectares of green area more than in 2008 and the municipality wants about 85% of the population to live within 300 meters of a green space with at least 2000 square meters.
The council also wants to create another 300 plots of urban vegetable gardens, thus reaching 1,000 and having 25 vegetable parks (today there are 20) by 2021.
They will plant a total of 20,000 trees will be planted: 4,000 in Rio Seco (Ajuda), 6,000 in the Vale da Ameixoeira park (Santa Clara), 9,000 in the Vale da Montanha park (Areeiro / Marvila) and 1,000 in the Monsanto green corridor.
The municipality is also committed to reviewing the noise plan and georeferencing Lisbon trees, “at least the most important ”The great news about to be green is that in 2020 edition of the participatory budget, which doubled its allocation to five million euros, will be dedicated to green ideas.
They also want to be a more transparent city in the information and to be reached in the next decade. Lisbon residents, companies and institutions, parish councils, schools, universities to get involved in this much needed change and to show the “Good examples”, even announced that the Lisbon city council will “sponsor a chair” on climate change at a Higher Education institution.
The biggest green objectives” is to start using recycled water for washing streets and watering gardens throughout the city by 2025 and extending selective door-to-door collection of bio-waste to the entire city and improving the numbers of separate collection and recycling rates are also objectives. The hardest task is to achieve this, it is essential to involve everyone in the cause of the environment.