At the gala event in 2016 European Green Capital, Ljubljana, the winner of the prestigious title for 2018 has been announced – the Dutch city of Nijmegen.
Nijmegen has beaten another city from Netherlands, 's-Hertogenbosch, and Sweden's' Umeå. Nijmegen will succeed Essen, which will hold the title next year. Nijmegen is the oldest town in the Netherlands, bridging the river Waal. It has 3 bridges and the newest one, De Oversteek or The Crossing, was opened in 2013 and has separate lane for cyclists. The old railway bridge has a 10-year-old cycle bridge attached to it. Nijmegen also features a lot of city parks. Nijmegen has set itself a goal to become energy neutral by 2040 and considers itself an "Urban Lab" for sustainability. While Nijmegen is growing, its CO2 emissions are falling. This is due to many green projects such as a home heating network based on waste heat and fuelling city buses with biogas. The European Green Capital award has started in 2011, when Stockholm has won the first title, followed by Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes, Copenhagen and Ljubljana in 2016.