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EGL Evaluation Process

How can my city become a European Green Leaf winner?

Please note the call for 2018 European Green Leaf Applications is CLOSED.

European Green Leaf candidate cities will be assessed on the basis of six environmental categories

  • Climate Change & Energy Performance
  • Mobility
  • Biodiversity & Land Use
  • Quality of Air & the Acoustic Environment
  • Waste Management & Circular Economy
  • Water & Wastewater Management

In each topic area there are three sections that must be completed (900 words per topic area):

  • Current situation and measures implemented
  • Strategy, objectives, targets and priorities
  • Citizen participation and public awareness

The European Green Leaf application form also includes a ‘City Introduction and Context section’, where you are asked to briefly present your city, indicating the main challenges it faces and how you deal with them.

A Good Practice Section is also included at the end of the application form where cities are invited to submit three good practices they are undertaking across three different environmental topic areas.

Two-tier evaluation process

A panel of internationally acknowledged experts will assess the application forms submitted by each city.  This will include qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on the six topic areas above. The Expert Panel for the 2018 EGL Cycle is as follows:

Environmental Topic Area EXPERT
Climate Change & Energy Performance Mr. Javier González Vidal
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick
Mobility Dr. Ian Skinner
Mr. Jan Dictus
Biodiversity & Land Use Dr. Annemieke Smit
Mr. David Jamieson
Quality of Air & the Acoustic Environment Dr. Diogo Alarcão
Prof. Christer Johansson
Waste Management & Circular Economy Mr. Warren Phelan
Dr. Stefan Ulrich Speck
 Water & Wastewater Management Dr. Ana Lončarić Božić
Mr. Giulio Conte

Following the evaluation process, a number of cities will be shortlisted for the 2018 competition. The shortlisted cities will be invited to present to the Jury their vision, action plans and communication strategy . The Jury will then assess the shortlisted cities in the light of all the information provided and decide on the winner(s).

The European Green Leaf 2018 laureate(s) will be announced at the European Green Capital & European Green Leaf Awards ceremony on 2 June 2017, in Essen, Germany.

The Jury will assess the shortlisted cities based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • The city demonstrates a good environmental record & green growth commitment
  • The city engages citizens in environmental awareness
  • The city can act as a green ambassador to other cities

Read more:

EGL Jury Report – 2017 Competition Cycle

If you would like more information about the European Green Leaf Award, please send an email to: