The Award is the European Festival Award for Green Excellence and is annual award presented by Yourope and the GO Group, targeting festivals that have made a significant contribution to or achievement towards developing more sustainable events. It replaces the prestigious Green n Clean award, handed over at the last three EFAs. The winner of the Award is decided by a panel made up of experts who are not directly linked to any specific festival, with the exception that the previous year’s winner who will be invited to cast a vote for the following year’s award only. For 2013 the judges panel comprised representatives from Bucks New University (UK), Green Events Europe (GER), The Green Music Initiative (GER), A Greener Festival (UK), Greener Event Foundation (NOR) and 2012 Green n Clean winners Melt! Festival.
The short list for the Green Operations Award 2012:
Boom Festival (POR) – Awareness, creativity and overall approach to sustainability at the highest level. Boom is a true leader on green issues.
Maifeld Derby (GER) – A great debut from a young group of people with Greener Maifeld Derby. Our “Rookie of the year”.
Open Air St.Gallen (CH) – For their continued contribution to leadership in general ,and for their work in developing greener festivals over a number of years.
Way Out West (SE) – Great sustainability approach on a triple bottom line. Absolutely remarkable: this major event went 100% vegetarian.
We Love Green (FRA) – The second year of We Love Green sees the festival already as a shining example. Exceptional work on various topics.
Jacob Bilabel (Go Group, GMI) said: “Green trailblazers of the European festival industry will be awarded with the new EFA Green Operations Award. They are the smart operators, who have shown innovative and outstanding approaches in the field of green operations as integral part of their activities.”
The winners will be announced and presented with their accolades at the European Festival Awards gala ceremony, which crowns the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and showcase in Groningen, Holland on Wednesday 9th January 2013. The event features a three course gourmet dinner, live performances drinks reception and after show party and is a unique opportunity to celebrate with the leaders of Europe’s festival industry.
Tickets to the event are available here