The European Green Leaf Award is a competition aimed at towns and cities across Europe, with between 20,000 and up to 100,000 inhabitants, which recognises a city’s commitment to better environmental outcomes. It is the partner competition of the European Green Capital Award for cities over 100,000 inhabitants.
Limerick was awarded the title in conjunction with Mechelen in Belgium. Limerick, was commended for its ongoing investments leading to improved air quality and noise levels in the city. Limerick is currently transforming itself into Ireland’s first digital city, integrating several public services, creating smart homes and buildings, energy districts and smart neighbourhoods.
The city is effectively managing its air quality thanks to the acquisition of particle and gas monitors. Limerick also encourages people to leave their cars at home by providing better cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure with the aim of reducing transport emissions.
Limerick was also recognised for its development of noise maps and action plans, updated every five years, continuously monitoring the acoustic environment, analysing trends, and assessing the effectiveness of the actions undertaken.
The European Green Leaf and European Green Capital Awards are initiatives of the European Commission. To find more information about the winners, how to apply for the Awards, how the winners are selected, and for any other questions, please visit ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreenleaf