Launch of the Transformative Action Award 2022 at the ICLEI World Congress


Sustainable Cities Platform launches sixth edition of the Transformative Action Award

May 11, 2022   |   Malmö, Sweden

Launch of the Transformative Action Award 2022 at the ICLEI World Congress


“As the governance level closest to citizens, local governments are a key factor in realising the lofty ambitions of the European Green Deal. Without local actors’ - including civil society organisations – grass-roots approach, it will be next to impossible to achieve a Europe that is sustainable, climate-neutral and resilient,” says Lasse Frimand Jensen, Member of Aalborg City Council and ICLEI Regional Executive Committee Member.


Meanwhile, Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director, ICLEI Europe, provides insight into what the Transformative Action Award jury will be looking for in 2022:


“For this year’s edition of the Transformative Action Award, we are looking for actions that will not only catalyse sustainable urban transformations at the local level, but we are hoping to see actions that go above and beyond the usual scope of implementation. Particularly, by making business, stakeholders, civil society initiatives and others responsible and accountable actors in line with the local sustainability and climate strategies. Local governments are in a unique position to build bridges between sectors and align political ambitions with the nine policy areas of the European Green Deal. A strong applicant will demonstrate their action’s commitment to achieving this type of transformation.”


La Titaranya SCCL, TA Award 2021 winner

IMAGE: La Titaranya SCCL

The award is open to any local or regional authority, or civil society organisation located in an EU Member State, EEA country or EU candidate or accession country that has endorsed the Mannheim Message. In honour of the European Year of Youth, applicants whose actions showcase a strong focus on youth are encouraged to apply.


The applicant must be responsible for the implementation of the Transformative Action and the Action must have been in place for at least three months, but no longer than five years, at the time of submission. All applications must be submitted in English. The application deadline is 14 October 2022.


Alongside previous winners such as La Titaranya SCCL, Katowice (Poland), Lousada (Portugal) and Ghent (Belgium), the 2022 winner will be widely recognised as a leader of the sustainable urban transformation in Europe. The winner will also receive 10,000 EUR to help initiate further actions in their city or region.



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