Whilst it may be obvious to us why Ljubljana deserves the title of Green Capital of Europe, there are of course specific reasons as to why this prestigious award was given to our town. There were 12 reasons in particular, with impressive development made in the following specific areas; Climate Change, Local Transport, Green Urban Areas, Nature and Biodiversity, Quality of Local Ambient Air, Quality of Acoustic Environment, Waste Production and Management, Water Consumption, Waste Water Management, Environmental Innovation and Sustainable Employment, Energy Efficency and Environmental Management. Now we can take a deep breath.
In the past few years, Ljubljana has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at improving the green nature of the city. In 2010 the Urbana card was introduced, making the use of public transport easier and more efficient. To accentuate this, the old city centre has been closed off to traffic and has become something of a haven for cyclists and pedestrians.