Tirana, the cultural, entertainment and political centre of Albania, joined EBRD Green Cities in February 2017. Its vision was to become a city with healthy, high-quality living standards in a green, resilient and inclusive environment that makes smart use of resources.

Having finalised the GCAP in April 2018, Tirana now has a plan to address environmental issues faced by the city such as air pollution, urban growth, renewable energy and recycling.

The city’s GCAP supports implementing an integrated public transport system with low-emission buses, constructing green corridors and creating legislation to protect green spaces. It also promotes an energy-efficiency programme for municipal buildings, as well as mechanisms to incentivise investment in energy-efficient technologies, household waste collection and recycling centres.

Tirana is now actively implementing policy actions and investments as outlined in the GCAP to improve environmental quality and revitalise the urban landscape.