Green Cities Fit for Life

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Evaluation Process

The call for applications to the 2019 European Green Capital Award is now OPEN.

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 and adaptation
  • Local transport
  • Green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use
  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Ambient air quality
  • Quality of the acoustic environment
  • Waste production and management
  • Water management
  • Waste water treatment
  • Eco innovation and sustainable employment
  • Energy performance
  • Integrated environmental management

Information to be provided by the applicant cities:

In the 2018 EGCA application form, cities were asked to provide the following information for 12 indicator areas.

The application form has four 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.

Two-tier evaluation process

A panel of internationally recognised experts assess information supplied by each city. This includes qualitative evaluations and peer review of each application based on the 12 indicators above. A shortlist of cities is then decided by the expert panel.

Next, shortlisted cities are invited to present their action plans and communication strategies to a jury. Following the presentations, the jury deliberates to decide a winner. The European Green Capital 2018 will be announced at an award ceremony in Ljubljana on 22 June 2016.

Key dates in 2016 and 2017

  • 3 May 2016 — Launch of call for applications for 2019 European Green Capital Award.
  • 1 July 2016 — Applicant workshop for 2019 European Green Capital competition
  • 3 November 2016 — Deadline for eligible cities to submit their application for 2019 European Green Capital competition.
  • November 2016 to March 2017 — Expert panel review of all applications including clarifications where needed (2019 EGCA).
  • June 2017 — Jury assessment and announcement of the 2019 winner.