Green Cities Fit for Life

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Evaluation Process

The selection of a city awarded with the title of European Green Capital is assessed on the basis of twelve environmental indicators:

  • Climate Change: Mitigation
  • Climate Change: Adaptation
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Air Quality
  • Noise
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Green Growth and Eco-innovation
  • Energy Performance
  • Governance

Information to be provided by the applicant cities:

In the EGCA Application Form, cities are asked to provide the following information for 12 indicator areas.

The Application Form has 4 sections per indicator, as follows:

  1. Describe the present situation.
  2. Describe the measures implemented over the last five to ten years.
  3. Describe the short and long term objectives for the future and proposed approach to achieve these.
  4. List how the above information can be documented, add links where possible.

For information on putting together an application for the European Green Capital Competition please take a look at our guidance note.

Two-tier evaluation process

A panel of internationally acknowledged Experts assesses the information supplied by each city. This includes qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on the 12 indicators above. The Expert Panel determines a shortlist of cities for the final stage of the competition.

The shortlisted cities are then invited to present their action plans and communication strategies to the Jury. Following these presentations the Jury deliberates and selects the winner of the European Green Capital Award.

Key dates for 2021 competition cycle

  • May 2018 – Competition opens
  • 2 July 2018 – Applicant workshop
  • 18th October 2018 at 16.00 CEST (GMT +2) – Competition closes
  • November 2018 – March 2019 – Assessment by Expert Panel
  • April 2019 – Announcement of shortlisted cities
  • May/June 2019 – Jury presentations by shortlisted cities
  • May/June 2019 – Awards ceremony