On June 21, 2018, Lisbon was distinguished with the European Green Capital 2020 award. The distinction, which results from the evaluation of a set of international experts on 12 indicators that aim to assess sustainability in the city, was announced by the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.

This is the recognition of the work that Lisbon has been developing over the last decade towards a greener and more people-friendly city. It is the first time that a capital of Southern Europe has achieved this distinction.

Lisbon has a clear position on combating climate change. We subscribe to the Mayors Pact for Climate and Energy, commit ourselves to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, join the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Network and are implementing the Action Plan for Sustainable Energy and Climate (PAESC), unanimously approved by the Chamber and the Lisbon Municipal Assembly in 2018.

To be at the forefront of implementing a sustainability agenda, we will have to work as a whole. With this ambition, we launched the challenge to the city, to companies, organizations, associations, institutions, public and private, to assume with us the Lisbon Capital Green European Commitment 2020 – Climate Action Lisbon 2030 with an ambitious agenda for the next decade, under the motto CHOOSE TO EVOLVE: 2030 measures for 2030.

In 2020, Lisbon makes commitments for the future. Commitments to Energy and Climate Change, Mobility, Green Structure, Water and Waste.