Lisbon wins ‘City in the Spotlight’ award

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Lisbon has won this year’s EU City in the Spotlight Award in the Large Cities category.

The award distinguishes cities with over 250,000 inhabitants. It was given to Lisbon because of its commitment, progress and motivation regarding transition to a low carbon footprint.
In a statement, Mayor of Lisbon Carlos Moedas highlighted the municipal council’s strategy which is based on “a number of commitments towards the transition towards a new model of economic development, supported by the green economy, in urban sustainability and inclusion”, adding “we are 100% committed to energy efficiency and fighting climate change”.
“Our goal is to work towards a healthier and more sustainable Lisbon by renovating, renewing, and reusing resources and increasing resource use efficiency.”
Lisbon’s application got ‘full points’ in all categories and had fulfilled the requirements more completely than competing applicants.
Winners of the 2022 Awards will be invited to participate in the European Week of Regions and Cities, where they will be announced in the Covenant of Mayors’ session “RePowerEU: the role of cities and regions in accelerating the transition to renewables and improving energy efficiency” on 12 October in Brussels.

Lisbon was evaluated on its SECAP (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan) process, both based on the application and their submitted and reported data (through MyCovenant or CDP-ICLEI Track).

The following main aspects were considered:

  • Motivation – commitments (2030, 2050) and monitoring (status, achievements.
  • Stakeholders’ involvement (types and means of engagement).
  • Coherence of the Plan (Political goals, Plans consistency, financial strategy, integrated actions).
  • Transversal and integrated actions in the SECAP. Energy Saving Measures.