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Worldwide Energy Efficiency Awards open for Entries

The German Energy Agency is inviting private and public organizations worldwide to submit projects and concepts for reducing energy consumption and emissions into the annual Energy Efficiency Awards.

May 4, 2020  By Energy Manager Canada


The German Energy Agency [Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)] is inviting private and public organizations worldwide to submit their projects and concepts for reducing energy consumption and emissions that have an impact on the climate into the by 15 June 2020.

Endowed with a total of 30,000 Euro in prize money, the Energy Efficiency Award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Companies of any size and from any industry can submit one or more competition entries in the following four categories:

Think Big!
Complex energy efficiency projects
Multi-layered energy efficiency projects where a large number of measures have to be coordinated with one another. Systematic thinking and integrated solutions are being sought.

From clever to digital
The broad spectrum of energy efficiency
In this category, low-investment measures are being sought just as much as mature technologies, or digitally supported optimization using software solutions or artificial intelligence, e.g. as part of an energy management system.

Achieving more together
Energy Services as enabler of the energy transition
Projects that include the close involvement of service providers ranging from conception, planning and implementation of a system to finance, system control and maintenance.

Concepts for carbon neutral companies:
Innovative ideas and new approaches for a green economy
Companies that pursue new approaches to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, or conceive the energy transition in cross-sectoral and cross-system terms (or in integrated, holistic terms), can submit their concepts for the Energy Efficiency Audience Award. The concept should demonstrate conclusively which concrete measures should be used to increase energy efficiency and/or reduce emissions in industry, as well as impress the jury with their innovation and market maturity.

All the energy efficiency projects and concepts entered for the competition will be assessed by a jury of experts according to the criteria of energy saving, relevance to climate protection, cost-effectiveness, level of innovation and transferability. A shortlist of the nominated projects will be published at the beginning of October 2020. Dena will present the awards to the prize winners in November 2020.

All information on free entry, the online application form, answers to frequently asked questions and information on previous years’ prize winners can be found at

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