European green capital award : the candidacy of the Alps

The Alps are twice as affected by climate change, so we need to be twice as audacious!

To keep the promises of the COP21 and rise to the challenges of our mountainous territory, we need to move forward together : stakeholders from the cultural, economic and academic sectors, public authorities, local authorities, the civil service and residents. 

We need every single individual to rise to this collective challenge. Indeed, cities, towns and villages are the correct levels at which to act, to live better, when States struggle.  

This is why Grenoble is taking on the ambition of the candidature of the Alps : a region which sits on the border of 8 European countries, and the Alps are also at the crossroads of the roads of exile. Here, in the Alps, at the heart of Europe, the transition and ecological innovation are being invented. 

Grenoble has every asset to succeed and become the next green capital of Europe. By 2030, we will halve our greenhouse gas and fine particle emissions, and reduce the energy use of each city dweller by 40%. Also, by 2030, CEG will produce enough energy to fuel the region with 100% green, 0% nuclear and 0% carbon energy. 

The candidature of Grenoble brings our region around a common goal of succeeding in transitions to live better together. It is a formidable opportunity to accelerate those transitions which have already begun, to act together, to share and to innovate.

Grenoble has every asset to become the next European Green Capital !

On the strength of its many citizen-led initiatives and its strong political dynamic for several decades, Grenoble has continued to innovate to improve the quality of life for people from Grenoble.

Accelerating transitions is our objective

Between 2004 and 2015, the concentration of fine particles in the air reduced by almost one quarter! The objectives set by the city and greater urban area, namely of reducing fine particles by 40% and greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, are proof of the determination of Grenoble. For this, above it we need to be pragmatic : wood-fuelled hearing represents up to 75% of fine particles in winter. This is why the bonus on air-wood heating was doubled, so as to replace the most polluting devices. Social pricing and free rates for water, gas, and culture show that the ecological transition can also be accompanied by social progress.

After implementing the 30 km/h speed limit across the city, Grenoble is going one step further by adopting the largest low-emission area in France. By 2025, all professional vehicles will be electric or natural gas. By 2030, this will be applicable to private vehicles, in this area which combines some 28 communes.

Grenoble is progressing, undergoing transformation, and supporting transitions to become more resilient

Grenoble is now in second place amongst French cities for the number of residents taking a bicycle to go to work. This is a sustainable trend, which is facilitated by the 7,000 city bikes in circulation and the 40 km of bicycle lanes almost completed.

In 2022, Grenoble will be fuelled by 100% green electricity and 0% carbon and 0% nuclear. The Villeneuve district is the largest popular eco-district in France!

Half of the produce consumed in school canteens is organic and/or local, in part from the urban farm in Grenoble. There is already one vegetarian meal per day in the collective canteen, and this will soon be two.

Since 2008, the City of Grenoble has no longer used any chemical products to manage its green areas. Since 2015, the city has planted over 1,900 trees, which contribute towards absorbing fine particles and carbon. And thanks to urban agriculture, Grenoble has relocated its agricultural production, and reduced its carbon footprint.

Grenoble is not acting alone

Whether citizens or businesses, Grenoble is brimming with culture and innovation. The Collective Budget has allowed residents to themselves decide on the allocation of 3.2 million euros since 2015. Urban agriculture, mobility, biodiversity, to name but a few ; people from Grenoble are tackling all of the future challenges of their city head on.

Companies are no longer waiting to change their practices, and are at the forefront of research and development in hydrogen, heating networks and wind energy.

This candidature, supported by Grenoble Alpes University, and by the Chamber for Commerce and Industry, will allow for coordination of collective intelligence towards the ecological transition. To succeed in transitions, Grenoble needs every individual, including researchers, local authorities, companies, associations and citizens.

Our partners

The schedule for the Grenoble candidature in 2019 : European Green Capital forums

Let's involve all citizens ! The city of Grenoble is inviting residents of the region to come and constructively discuss the future of Grenoble and the Alps in the "Green Capital Forums" throughout the year.

Conferences, debates... and collective intelligence!

Key dates and events in 2019 :

  • 21st February : European Green Capital Forum #1 Water
  • 9-16th March : Biennial of Cities in Transition
  • 11th April : European Green Capital Forum #2 Climate
  • 26th June : European Green Capital Forum #3 Women and transition
  • 9th July : European Green Capital Forum #4 Waste
  • 19th September : European Green Capital Forum #5 Mobility
  • 17th October : European Green Capital Forum #6 Energy
  • 6th November : European Green Capital Forum #7 Biodiversity
  • 20th January 2020: European Green Capital Forum #8 Professions and entrepreneurship
  • European Green Capital Forum Culture and education

Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble Alpes Metropole

"Faced with the urgency of climate change, it is important to show that not all hope is lost. This is what the Grenoble city authorities and its local areas are striving to achieve, alongside economic, academic and associative stakeholders, as well as citizens of the region, with the aim of bringing together the energy and ecological transition and social justice, with the conviction that there can only be success when it is shared. This is the purpose of our candidature for the prize of Green Capital of Europe".

Jean Vaylet, director of the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce and Industry

"While the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce and Industry has the mission of supporting businesses in their development it is also a primary stakeholder in the area, working alongside local authorities, for the appeal of the area.
All initiatives are acceptable and should be supported so as Grenoble and the entire region can flourish.
This is why the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also heavily involved in the energy transition with the creation of a micro-grid within its apprentice training centre, supports the candidature of the city of Grenoble to become "European Green Capital 2022".

Patrick Levy, President of the Grenoble Alpes University

"As key stakeholder in the Alps, the Grenoble Alpes University undertakes to continue to provide the expertise of its scientific community, to contribute towards collectively rising to the ecological challenges to accelerate environmental innovation and sustainable development.
Fully aware of our liability towards young people, our support falls within the framework of continuing missions we lead to train enlightened and socially responsible citizens.
Students, teachers, researchers, residents, public or private stakeholders, let us all come together so as Grenoble can become the European Green Capital of 2022 and reach out beyond the Alps!"

 Renzo Sulli, Mayor of Echirolles

"This status of partner city is also recognition for Échirolles, whose efforts in terms of sustainable development have been around for a long time : urban ecological charter, Agenda 21 in 2004, Citergie label, objectives of the Convention of Mayors, Air Energy City Climate plan, participation in the COP 21, etc. As mayor, I strongly support the candidature of Grenoble as European Green Capital for 2022".

Loïck Roche, Director General of Grenoble Management School

"GEM supports the candidature of Grenoble to be elected European Green Capital 2022. This full and unstinting support falls within our desire to create even more sustainable and shared value for our region and our unwavering commitment to act for a more responsible world".

Olivier Putot, director of the Vercors Regional Nature Park

"Grenoble is a gateway city for our regional nature park, meaning it has favoured relations with Vercors and takes part in decisions with us. We have many challenges in common, notably mobility between the city and the mountains for instance. Elected representatives of the Park wanted to support the initiative taken by the city of Grenoble, and tomorrow contribute towards increasing the actions taken together".  

Artur Fatela, director of the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park

"Being a gateway city to a regional nature park is about the desire to share values and sustainable development projects led by the Parks. Through approval of the charter of the Chartreuse Park, Grenoble clearly wanted to take part in this collective project. This commitment by Grenoble with its Regional Nature Parks is the natural extension of its willingness to be European Green Capital in 2022".