RPS was the Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award from November 2010 to November 2015 and was reappointed in 2016 to manage both the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards. These awards are an initiative of the European Commission.
Since the launch of the award in 2008, nine cities have held the European Green Capital title: Stockholm, Sweden in 2010; Hamburg, Germany in 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain's Basque region in 2012; Nantes, in Western France in 2013; the Danish capital, Copenhagen in 2014; Bristol in the UK in 2015; Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2016; and Essen in Germany 2017. Nijmegan in the Netherlands holds the European Green Capital Award in 2018.
As Secretariat, RPS manages the delivery of the competition on both technical and communications levels across the 28 Member States. We are responsible for public awareness through the European Green Capital Award / European Green Leaf website (www.europeangreencapital.eu), Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter pages, and through various channels such as brochures and press releases.
The European Green Leaf, a competition for smaller cities was launched in 2015. This is aimed at cities with 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth, sustainable urban environment and ambitious plans for the future. The cities of Mollet del Vallès, Spain and Torres Vedras, Portugal were awarded the Green Leaf Award in 2015, Galway, Ireland, in 2017 and Leuven, Belgium and Växjö, Sweden, in 2018.