Companies could apply in four categories.

For 2019, the application deadline was 15 July. Interested companies can already register for 2020.


How to apply successfully

The Energy Efficiency Award is a showcase for real energy efficiency successes. In addition to the many political and strategic debates on increasing energy efficiency, the award shows how energy efficiency works in practice. The focus is therefore on measurable results and innovative approaches that can be easily transferred to other companies. The award is given to implemented projects in three categories. dena awards the audience prize for the most convincing concept for increasing energy efficiency.

The competition categories relate to fields of action that are relevant to the success of an integrated energy transition. The aim of the integrated energy transition is to coordinate all energy producers and all consumption sectors and combine them into an intelligent energy system so that the goals of reducing climate-damaging emissions can be achieved. For companies, this means that they increase their energy efficiency and, if possible, also make a contribution to optimising the energy system.

Note: Please note that applications for the Energy Efficiency Award 2019 will no longer be accepted. The deadline for submitting entries was 15 July 2019. The nominated projects will be announced at the beginning of October 2019 and the prizewinners will receive their awards at the dena Energy Transition Congress in Berlin on 25 November 2019.

With the following information, you can already form your own opinion as to whether your project has a good chance in the 2020 competition round. Interested companies can use the contact form to express their interest in the Energy Efficiency Award. dena will then inform you punctually at the start of the new application period.

Please consider in advance for which of the following categories you would like to submit your application. The project on which the application is based must be completed in your own company or in another company, or described as a concept to be implemented in the future. All private or public companies from Germany, Europe and the world can apply - regardless of their size and industry.

Download our flyer "Energy Efficiency Award 2019"

Use our preparation form for interested companies. It provides an overview of the information that must necessarily be submitted in an application. In this way you can safely and soundly advise your team on how to submit your successful project online.

Preparation form for interested companies (MS Word)

Please also read the conditions of participation for the Energy Efficiency Award 2019. By submitting your application, you accept these conditions of participation. This is necessary in order to offer all participants equal and fair conditions.

Conditions of participation Energy Efficiency Award 2019 (PDF)

Energy Transition 2.0

The first phase of the energy transition was marked by the successful expansion of renewable energies. The second phase, on the other hand, will be a user-controlled energy transition, characterised by the convergence of the electricity, heat, transport and industrial sectors. Apply in this category if you have already implemented your energy efficiency project and the results have a positive impact on the energy system. Examples are the use of industrial waste heat, the shifting of electricity loads, the integration of renewable energies, the use of battery storage or the use of electric mobility in industrial or commercial environments.


Energy efficiency: from clever to digital

Apply in this category if you have successfully implemented classic energy efficiency measures or have used digital solutions to reduce energy consumption and emissions. The focus of this category is on energy efficiency in its entire spectrum: from low-investment measures such as energy optimisation of lighting to complex energy-saving projects in conjunction with software solutions, digital sensors and controls.


Energy services and energy management

The involvement of service providers is particularly useful where ambitious ideas hit up against limited finances, resources or lack of expertise. Specialised energy-service providers, such as contractors, can develop or introduce demand-oriented energy efficiency or energy management solutions that energy officers in a company could not have implemented on their own. They can also assume the financing, operational management or maintenance. Apply in this category if you have successfully implemented an energy efficiency project with your customer as a service provider, or with your service provider as a company, or if you are using innovative energy management.


Concepts for increasing energy efficiency

This year, companies can also apply with their concepts for the audience prize of the Energy Efficiency Award. The energy efficiency concepts to be submitted should conclusively demonstrate how energy efficiency can be increased. The expert jury will evaluate all concepts received and select three finalists. These three selected companies will be given the opportunity at the dena Congress to compete in a live pitch for their concepts in order to win the favour of the audience present. An interactive voting will then decide which concept will be awarded the audience prize.

Frequently Asked Questions

Private and public companies can submit their energy efficiency projects in the competition categories for the Energy Efficiency Award to dena by 15 July 2019.

At the end of the application phase, dena examines the applications received and, if necessary, contacts the applicants if there is a need for technical or content-related information. At the end of September 2019, the expert jury of the competition will decide which projects and concepts will be nominated for the Energy Efficiency Award 2019.

The nominations for the individual categories will be announced in October 2019. All participants will be informed in writing. The award ceremony will take place during the dena Energy Transition Congress on 25 November 2019 in Berlin.

Prize money totalling 30,000 euros is available for the award winner projects. However, the communication effect can be far more important, because companies awarded the Energy Efficiency Award position themselves as responsible, innovative and economically active companies. The award winners in particular are usually widely reported in the media.

But already the application offers a number of advantages. Each application for the Energy Efficiency Award is reviewed by dena employees. This generates professional attention. This is how companies and their energy efficiency projects become known at dena, which forms a central interface between politics and economy and acts as an advisory agency for applied energy system transformation.

If your company is nominated for the Energy Efficiency Award, the energy efficiency project is integrated into the communication of the competition. In addition, all nominated companies receive official means of communication for the publication of their success.

The competition is open to all private-sector and public-sector companies, regardless of their sector or company size. Companies in which the public sector has a direct or indirect majority stake are also eligible. However, the company must be legally existent and economically active.

Individual applications and cooperative applications are permitted. This means that energy efficiency projects or concepts can be submitted by the company that has implemented the project in its own company (individual application). Alternatively, two or more companies can jointly submit an application if they have implemented an energy efficiency project or concept within the framework of a cooperation (cooperative application).

Excluded from participation in the competition are companies and subsidiaries of the partners of the Energy Efficieny Award.

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2019.

An energy efficiency project can be submitted using the competition's online application form. Please decide whether you want to apply with an implemented energy efficiency project in one of the three categories "Energy Transition 2.0", "Energy Efficiency: from clever to digital" or "Energy Services and Energy Management" or whether you want to submit a concept for energy efficiency measures.

As the online application form asks for central information, it is advisable to enter prepared answers. To enable you to prepare yourself ideally, dena provides you with the conditions of participation and a preparation form for downloading.

The Energy Efficiency Award honours outstanding energy efficiency projects in companies. As the project is paramount, you can also submit several different energy efficiency projects or concepts. However, these must be clearly definable in terms of content and organisation.

The possibility of submitting several projects is intended in particular to accommodate large companies with many locations and suppliers of energy efficiency products and services whose energy efficiency projects have been implemented in the user company. On the other hand, multiple submissions of duplicated energy efficiency projects, such as individual applications from branches that have implemented one and the same energy efficiency project, are not welcome.

A complete application contains information about the company in which the energy efficiency project is implemented, the project implementation itself and the concrete results. If a service provider has been involved in the energy efficiency project, he should also be named in the application.

To enable you to prepare yourself ideally, dena provides you with the conditions of participation and a preparation form for downloading.

All information submitted will be treated confidentially. The documents will only be made available to dena employees and members of the jury. Jury members are also expressly bound by this duty of confidentiality.

If you have consented to the advertising approach in your application, dena reserves the right to inform your company in the future about possible cooperations, communication of energy efficiency measures or specialist events on the basis of the information known to dena. Would you like to have your data deleted? Then please inform us directly via e-mail.

Participation in the Energy Efficiency Award is free of charge! Neither participation fees nor processing fees will be charged.

Please note that you may nevertheless incur indirect costs, such as personnel costs for preparing and submitting your application or travel costs, provided that the company is one of the winners of the competition and receives the award in person in Berlin on 25 November 2019. These costs are at the discretion of the respective companies and will not be reimbursed by dena.

The winners are selected by an expert jury of independent representatives from politics, economy, science and expert media. The jury will give written reasons for its decisions. The jury's decision is not subject to appeal.

All admitted entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Energy savings: The reduction in energy requirements achieved with the increase in energy efficiency is evaluated here (before/after).
  • Climate protection relevance: The reduction in CO2 is evaluated here. For better comparability, the energy savings achieved are evaluated with standardised emission factors for energy carriers (according to GEMIS).
  • Economic efficiency: Here, the cost savings achieved for the energy efficiency measures implemented are compared with the investments made for this purpose.
  • Transferability to other companies: Here, for example, the market potential for the realisation of similar projects in other companies (in the sector or across the board) is assessed.
  • Degree of innovation: Here, the existence of significant innovations in terms of technology, production methods, process management, organisation or a combination of the aforementioned aspects is assessed. In addition, impulses for further developments are taken into account.

The applications can score additional points if the energy efficiency measures implemented have a special impact in the categories.

The nominated energy efficiency projects will be announced by dena in a press release at the end of September 2019. All nominees will receive a written notification from dena and will be invited to the dena Energy Transition Congress in Berlin. All applicants who have not been selected will also be informed of the decision directly by dena.

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on 25 November 2019. The names of the winner companies will also be mentioned in a press release sent to international media.

If you have any questions regarding the Energy Efficiency Award, the submission of an energy efficiency project or the procedure of application, please send us an e-mail. We will be happy to assist you!

Award Categories

Energy Transition 2.0

The prize is awarded to projects that achieve increases in energy efficiency and also rely on the use of other energy transition technologies. read more