Integrated Sustainability Monitoring of 58 EU-Cities: A Study of European Green Capital Award Applicant Cities

B.C.J. Zoeteman, M. Van der Zande, R. Smeets

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Abstract

This paper is the result of a monitoring study of Telos, Tilburg University, the
Netherlands, including 58 European Green Capital Award (GCA) applicant cities.
Its purpose is to investigate (causes of) differences in sustainability performance
between EU cities and possible interlink ages between the three sustainability
domains of economy, ecology and socio-cultural aspects in cities. The study also
aims at gaining experience before embarking upon a larger similar study. It is
carried out with assistance of DG Environment of the European Commission and
the European Environmental Agency’s European Topic Center for Spatial
Information and Analysis. The study took place in the period August 2014 – March 2015.The study was a follow up of an earlier study in 2014 in the Netherlands in which all 403 Dutch municipalities were monitored for their integral sustainability scores. As the Netherlands is characterized by relatively small municipalities, a major research question was if the findings of the Dutch study would also be valid at the EU level. The draft study has been presented 24 March 2015 at a Seminar on ‘Measuring and Improving Environmental Performance in EU Cities’ in Brussels, organized by DG Environment of the European Commission. The final report has been prepared after this meeting and includes comments from participating cities and Commission representatives and in particular from representatives from the European Environment Agency and its Topic Center for Spatial Information and Analysis, for which the authors are very grateful.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherTelos
Number of pages104
Volume15.123
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2015

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Zoeteman, B. C. J., Van der Zande, M., & Smeets, R. (2015). Integrated Sustainability Monitoring of 58 EU-Cities: A Study of European Green Capital Award Applicant Cities. Tilburg: Telos.
Zoeteman, B.C.J. ; Van der Zande, M. ; Smeets, R. / Integrated Sustainability Monitoring of 58 EU-Cities : A Study of European Green Capital Award Applicant Cities. Tilburg : Telos, 2015. 104 p.
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