Frequently Asked Questions

In the FAQ you will find important information on the conditions of participation and the application procedure for the award.

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 beclearly 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!


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Award winners

In 2018, 104 energy efficiency projects applied for the Energy Efficiency Award. 72 of the applicants came from Germany, another 32 from Europe and abroad.