Green Operations Award 2016 – short list revealed

efa_shortlisted_greenops_150x135On January 11 GO Group will happily reveal 2016’s winner of the Green Operations Award. As the sustainability related category of the European Festival Awards the GO Award forms something like the “green Oscar” of the European Festival scene. The ceremony will be held at the Oosterport on the opening night of next year’s EurosonicNoorderslag festival and conference.

The award will be presented by GO Group’s steering committee member Jacob Bilabel (Green Music Initiative). He will present the 5th winner of the Green Operations Award, decided by a jury of experts from this exciting short list:


  • Electric Castle & MaiNoi (ROM)
  • Ieper Hardcore Fest (BE)
  • Northside Festival (DK)
  • Shambala Festival (UK)
  • Welcome To The Future (NL)

Green Operations Award coordinator Holger Jan Schmidt (GO Group / YOUROPE) says: “Again such an impressive list of events that achieved astonishing levels in regards to green issues and sustainability. It’s great to find such festivals all over Europe and to be able to acknowledge their work by nominating them for the award. The pity is that there’s only one festival to be the winner. All of them deserve the trophy. I said it before and I say it again: it’s just not possible to award the greenest festival in Europe – you cannot compare. What we do is honouring the remarkable performance within an event’s very own context. All five nominees are winners already!

To be honest all of these festivals qualify for the top position and being in the shortlist should be received as a trophy already. Congratulations to all festivals and good luck to all of you!

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This is the definition for the Green Operations Award:

Green Operations Award
European Festival Award for Green Excellence
The Green Operations Award is an annual award presented by Yourope and the GO Group. Its target group are festivals that have made a significant contribution to or achievement towards developing more sustainable events. Examples for respective achievements are practises and systems introduced at their own event, the development of good practices, which they have shared with other events, a specific innovation or continuous improvements over a number of years. The Award is given out by a panel made up of experts that are not directly linked to any specific festival with the exception that the previous year’s winner will be invited to cast a vote for the following year’s award only. The winners will not be nominated again for about ten years to allow the jury to acknowledge the great work of as many festivals as possible.


The Green Operations Award – Jury 2016 reads like this: