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EGLA Evaluation Process

How can my city become a European Green Leaf winner?

European Green Leaf Award candidate cities are assessed on the basis of six environmental topic areas:

  1. Nature, Biodiversity, Sustainable Land Use and Soil
  2. Air Quality and Noise
  3. Waste and Circular Economy
  4. Water
  5. Climate Change and Energy Performance
  6. Sustainable Urban Mobility

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

  • Describe the current situation and strategic approach
  • Describe citizen participation and public awareness

The European Green Leaf Award 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 assesses the application forms submitted by each city.  This includes qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on the six topic areas above.


Environmental Topic Area Expert

Nature, Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use

Mr. David Jamieson


Dr. Henk Wolfer

Air Quality and Noise

Mr. Joan Marc Craviotto Arnau


Dr. César Asensio

Waste and Circular Economy

Mr. Olivier Gaillot


Ms. Zita Dibáczi


Mr. Christof Mainz


Ms. Birgit Georgi

Climate Change and Energy Performance

Dr. Matt Kennedy


Ms. Vesna Kolega

Sustainable Urban Mobility

Dr. George Angelou


Mr. Alex Minshull


Following the evaluation process, cities are shortlisted for the next stage of the competition. The shortlisted cities are invited to present to the Jury, setting out their achievements and future vision. The Jury then assesses the shortlisted cities in the light of all the information provided and decide on the winner(s).

The Jury assesses the shortlisted cities based on the following criteria:

1) The city’s overall commitment, strategy and enthusiasm, as conveyed by the presentation.

2) The city’s efforts to communicate to citizens and the citizens’ engagement in environmental activities.

3) The city’s potential to act as a ‘green ambassador’, promoting good practice and spreading the EGL concept further.

4) The city’s proposal on initiatives and measures intended to be set in place within the year of the award to enhance the city’s environmental sustainability and to contribute to achieving the city’s sustainability vision.

Read more:

EGLA Jury Report – 2020 Competition Cycle

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