Vitoria-Gasteiz has been included in the list of world cities of reference for their climate leadership, a list made by the international organization Carbon Disclosure Project< /a> (CDP). The Gasteiz city council received this distinction at an event held at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.

The case study that supports the inclusion of Vitoria-Gasteiz on the list highlights its decades-long leadership in environmental action and events such as investment in resilient green infrastructure with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Also noteworthy is the green belt and the creation of green zones – so that the entire population lives within 300 meters or less than one of them -, the new green infrastructure to face potential flooding in the Zadorra River, or the plans and projects to encourage zero kilometer food production.

The 2019 A-List covers 150 cities from all continents, and among them, only Gasteiz and Barcelona represent the State. Other cities present are Lisbon, Paris, Turin, London, Berlin, Heidelberg, Oslo, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Lahti, Cape Town, Seoul, Yokohama, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, New York, Seattle, Vancouver or Sydney or Wellington.

Vitoria-Gasteiz adds this distinction to previous recognition, most notably the European Green Capital of 2012, or more recently, the Global Green City Award 2019 from the Global Forum on Human Settlements sponsored by the UN.