Environmental sustainability

Nantes : Environmental sustainability

The only French city designated European Green Capital, and the 1st European city for eco-certified hotels, Nantes is one of the top urban eco-destinations in France. Sustainability is deeply embedded in the city’s DNAwhich echoes today’s challenge especially for business tourism.

Nantes is an eco-friendly city, committed to protecting the environment and the quality of life.

Nantes, quality of life

It is no wonder that Nantes was designated European Green Capital in 2013, a recognition of the exceptional quality of life in and around the city. The award also acknowledges Nantes’ long-standing commitment to promoting sustainability.


Nantes has created a new urban model that successfully combines economic growth, the development of public services and quality of life.

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  • 1st

    French destination
    Global Destination Sustainability


    French city designated
    European Green Capital


    most cycle-friendly
    city in France


    of natural areas


    of eco-certified hotels (European Eco-label and Clef Verte label)

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Nantes has embarked on a journey toward sustainability for more than twenty years. This commitment is shown in the shaping of urban eco districts – neighbourhoods that present a more balanced approach to housing, green spaces and soft mobility.

Known as the "green and blue" city, Nantes reconnects urban development with nature, by preserving natural spaces and biodiversity. One example is Natura 2000, the only urban natural zone in Europe named “Petite-Amazonie” located in the heart of the city.

Nantes is home to over 100,000 trees and flowering plants about 3 hectares throughout the city. The use of chemical products is banned, rivers and streams are restored and protected. The well-groomed banks of the Loire and the river Erdre never cease to enchant visitors.