Belgium's Rimpelrock and the Pukkelpop festivals have been honored with the Green 'n Clean Award in recognition of their environmental efforts.

Yourope, the pan-European festival organization, bestowed the accolades after assigning the festivals with scores of 74 out of a possible total of 90.

Founded in 1998, Yourope's 40 members are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of working conditions, health and safety issues, environmental awareness and in the cross-border exchange of live music talent.

"The award has strengthened us in our ideas to strive for a maximum environment friendly organization," says Rimpelrock and Pukkelpop organizer Chokri Mahassine, "and this year we have maximized our efforts even more."

With performers such as Helmut Lotti, Vicky Leandros, Will Tura and Laura Lynn, the Aug. 12 Rimpelrock festival is targeted at the 55-plus audience.

The three-day Pukkelpop, beginning Aug. 16, will host almost 100 bands, including headliners Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Iggy and the Stooges and Kaiser Chiefs.

New measures for the 2007 events - held at the Hasselt Kiewit site -- include "green" energy generated from wind turbines and solar cells, and a campsite where each section has a dedicated team to promote environment measures and recycling of cups, carton and paper.

Plans also include distributing trees to the Kiewit neighborhood to offset carbon dioxide emissions.

Rimpelrock and Pukkelpop urge its audience to travel by public transport, with free train and bus tickets from anywhere in Belgium bundled into ticket prices.