The Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – is seeking successful projects that measurably reduce companies’ energy consumption and emissions that have an impact on the climate. The focus of the internationally advertised award is on innovative and successful approaches to increasing energy efficiency which are well suited to being adapted to further companies. dena will give the best competition entries the Energy Efficiency Award 2019, which is endowed with prize money of EUR 30,000 in total. The award ceremony will take place at the dena Energie Transition Congress in Berlin in November. The award enjoys the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, and is sponsored by the partners Danfoss and KfW.
Companies that are interested have until 30 June 2019 to submit an application in one of the competition's categories via the website, www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de. Companies of any size and from any industry in Germany or abroad can enter.
Four competition categories are available
The categories stand for important building blocks of the energy transition and demonstrate the range of possibilities which industrial, commercial and public enterprises can use to increase their energy efficiency. Entries are sought for four different categories:
- Energiewende 2.0 – for projects that have additional positive effects on the energy system, besides increasing energy efficiency
- Energieeffizienz: von clever bis digital – for projects ranging from traditional energy efficiency measures to digital solutions
- Energiedienstleistungen und Energiemanagement – for projects implemented through energy management or through a service provider – both the company and the service provider can apply
- Audience award: plans for increasing energy efficiency – concepts that illustrate conclusively how energy efficiency can be increased, and whose approach demonstrates marketability. In this category – unlike the others – awards are presented for concepts, as opposed to projects that have already been implemented.
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. At the beginning of October 2019, dena will publish a shortlist of the projects nominated.
Prizegiving ceremony at the dena Energy Transition Congress 2019
The winners of all four categories will receive their awards at the dena Energiewende-Kongress in Berlin on 25 November 2019. The three companies nominated for the Audience Award will also present their concepts for increasing energy efficiency at the congress. The audience will then vote to decide which concept wins the prize.
dena has been allocating the Energy Efficiency Award since 2007. The international competition is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Entries are free, and companies can find more information about how to enter the competition at: www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de.