The Energy Efficiency Award

Visionary entrepreneurs and pragmatic technicians are the focus of the Energy Efficiency Award. The competition of the German Energy Agency (dena) honors projects that have a particular impact on the energy transition. Applications can be submitted by private or public companies from Germany, Europe and the world - regardless of their business size or sector. The award is presented in the categories "Think Big! Complex energy transition projects",

"From clever to digital: The broad spectrum of energy efficiency", "Achieving more together! Energy Services as enabler of the energy transition" and "Concepts for a climate-neutral future". The award is endowed with prize money totalling 30,000 euros. Companies were able to apply online until June 25, 2021. In October dena will announce the nominees, who will be selected by a top-class jury. The awards ceremony will take place on 08 November 2021 at the dena Energy Transition Congress.


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

The nominations

A shortlist of nominated projects will be published in September 2021. The published projects are entitled to actively use the nomination for their own corporate communications. This year the Nominees get a label that they can use in their publicity work.

The award ceremony

The winners of the Energy Efficiency Award will be honoured with publicity on 08 November 2021. All winners will receive a certificate from dena and prize money of 5,000 euros per category. The three companies nominated for the audience award will present their concepts for increasing energy efficiency at the awards ceremony or online. The audience will then decide in an interactive voting process which concept will receive this award.

The criteria

The technical evaluation of the submitted and accepted applications is based on uniform criteria. For the three categories "Complex energy transition projects", "The broad spectrum of energy efficiency" and "Energy services as an enabler of the energy transition", these are the criteria:

  • Relative energy savings: The reduction in energy requirements achieved by increasing energy efficiency (before/after).
  • CO2 savings: Reduction in CO2 (absolute). The energy savings achieved are evaluated using uniform emission factors for energy sources.
  • Economic efficiency: Ratio of the cost savings achieved by the energy efficiency measures implemented to the investments made.
  • Innovation: Major innovations in terms of technology, production methods, process management, organisation - also in combination. In addition, 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 the board).

The assessment of submitted concepts for increasing energy efficiency is carried out analogously to the criteria mentioned by means of a potential assessment. The jury also assesses the plausibility and marketability of the concept.

The Jury

The nominated energy efficiency projects and the prize winners were selected by an expert jury made up of representatives from politics, business, science and the media. The jury members will receive all submitted applications for screening. They are obliged to comply with the statutory provisions on data protection and to maintain confidentiality. In a joint meeting, the jury decides in a technical debate. The experts evaluate all submitted energy efficiency projects according to uniform standards based on the criteria of energy saving, climate protection relevance, economic efficiency, degree of innovation and transferability.

Award Categories