Five companies receive the 2022 Energy Efficiency Award

Yesterday, the German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur, dena) awarded the Energy Efficiency Award (EEA) for the sixteenth time in a row. This year, the award is under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck. Prizes were awarded for outstanding technological successes and ambi-tious approaches to transforming the energy system. The prize is endowed with a total of €30,000.

Berlin, 15 November 2022. Since 2007, dena has been awarding prizes to innovative and creative companies whose projects and concepts increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases. Dr Patrick Graichen, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz, BMWK), Dr Philipp Tilleßen, Director Product Management at KfW and Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena, presented the five winners with their prizes at yesterday’s award ceremony at the dena Energy Transition Congress in Berlin.

Chief Executive of dena, Andreas Kuhlmann: ‘Innovations for the energy transition and climate protection are and remain important for sustainable business. The entrepreneurial achievements that we are awarding prizes for today demonstrate the many ways in which energy consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced. Many of these impressive solutions and approaches can easily be transferred to other companies. They are able to motivate, inspire and embolden us – especially in these difficult times in terms of energy policy and the economy.’

State Secretary Dr Patrick Graichen added, ‘The winners of the Energy Efficiency Award prove that investments in energy efficiency and climate protection pay off. By using new business models and technologies, companies are also better able to remain competitive and cushion the impact of crises.’

These five companies received the 2022 Energy Efficiency Award

The participating companies applied in four different categories. Two prizes were awarded in the category ‘Think big! Complex energy transition projects’: one to small and medium-sized enterprises, and the other to a large enterprise. The winners in the category ‘Concepts for a climate-neutral future’ were chosen by the audience after listening to each of the candidates pitch their concept.

The winners in the respective categories are as follows:

Think Big! Complex energy transition projects

  • As an SME: The building services company Josef Küpper Söhne GmbH – for holistic self-supplied energy using hydrogen
  • As an industrial enterprise: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH at the Dillingen an der Donau site – for innovations in the core processes in metal processing to reduce the consumption of natural gas and electricity

From clever to digital! The broad spectrum of energy efficiency

  1. Daimler Truck AG – for the energy-related optimisation of a cupola furnace and ventilation systems

Achieve more together! Energy services as an enabler of the energy transition:

  • AGO GmbH Energie + Anlagen, GEA Refrigeration Germany GmbH and Stadtwerke Neuburg a. d. Donau – for the development and implementation of a high-temperature heat pump that uses natural refrigerants

Concepts for a climate-neutral future! Ambitious climate protection targets, holistic transformation approaches and climate-friendly products

  1. SCHOTT AG – for the central component of its group strategy to become climate-neutral by 2030 and the development of climate-neutral melting technologies