The Energy Efficiency Award 2022

There are four competition categories to choose from: three for completed projects with measurable results and one category for new, innovative concepts. In one category, small and medium-sized enterprises are honoured separately. A jury of experts with representatives from business, politics, science and the media evaluated the competition entries.


Their criteria: Energy savings, climate protection relevance, economic efficiency as well as degree of innovation and transferability. The nominees were announced by dena in October, and the five winners were honoured at the award ceremony at the dena Energy Transition Congress in Berlin in November.


The Energy Efficiency Award honors projects that have a special impact on the energy system transformation.

The categories



Rewarding the nominees: Label and public relations work

In October 2022, dena published a shortlist of up to 15 nominated projects. The nominees are entitled to actively use the nomination for their own corporate communication. They can also use an EEA label for this purpose.



Rewarding the winners: prize money, label, public relations work

The 5 winners of the Energy Efficiency Award were honoured with publicity at the dena Energy Transition Congress in November. All winners will receive a certificate from dena as well as prize money of 6,000 euros and the winner's label.


The criteria

The professional evaluation of the submitted and admitted applications is based on uniform criteria. For the categories "Think Big! Complex energy transition projects", "From clever to digital! The bandwidth of energy efficiency" and "Achieving more together! Energy services as enablers of the energy transition" these are:

  • Relative energy savings: the reduction in energy demand (before/after) achieved through the energy efficiency improvement.
  • CO2 savings: Reduction in CO2 (absolute). The energy savings achieved are evaluated using uniform emission factors for energy sources.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Ratio of the cost savings from the energy efficiency measures implemented to the investments made.
  • Innovation: Significant innovations in terms of technology, production methods, process management, organisation - also in combination. In addition, start-up impulses for further innovations are taken into account.
  • Transferability: Market potential for the realisation of similar projects in other companies (in the sector or across sectors).

The Jury

The selection of the nominated energy efficiency projects as well as the award winners is made by a jury of experts with representatives from politics, business, science and the media. The jury members receive all submitted applications for review. In doing so, they are obliged to comply with the legal provisions of data protection and to maintain confidentiality. In a joint session, the jury decides in a professional debate.

Supporters and Premium Partners

The Energy Efficiency Award is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The premium partner is KfW. The bank supports companies, private individuals and public institutions in implementing innovative business ideas, using renewable energies and increasing energy efficiency. One focus is on start-up and SME financing.