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Essen: Your green city

Environmental protection affects all of us. We have already achieved a lot, and are on course to make our living environment even more sustainable and liveable. We are on a journey to the Essen of tomorrow.

You are part of it.

European Green Capital – Essen 2017

Ruhr metropolis, Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 – Essen is all of this. In 2017, Essen is the European Green Capital. Municipal green areas, nature and biodiversity, air quality and water management – these are just four areas in which Essen is really active when it comes to the environment.

The successful transformation story of a coal and steel city to become the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is a role model for many cities in Europe that are undergoing structural change. This has also been confirmed by the European Commission: our city received the “European Green Capital – Essen 2017” award on 18 June 2015.