Five of the best European clean energy projects and leaders received top recognition this week at the prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Awards ceremony. At the first formal event of this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), 5 winners took home awards in their respective categories – i) Engagement; ii) Innovation; iii) Woman in Energy; iv) Young Energy Trailblazer; and v) Citizens’ Award. An expert jury selected the winners in the Engagement and Innovation categories, while European citizens chose the others via a public vote (with nearly 12500 votes).
Speaking at the awards ceremony which kicked off Day 1 of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), EU Energy Commissioner Simson praised all 5 award winners:
The projects and individuals that are being recognised today are not only leaders in transforming Europe’s energy landscape, they are role models. Their work is a testament to the importance of citizen engagement in making the European Green Deal a reality. We’ve been working hard to develop policy instruments, which guide and support action on the ground, and it is truly inspiring to see this vision at work. Together, we are bringing Europe closer to its climate goals.
EnergyNeighbourhoods took home the Engagement award for its green lifestyle programme that empowers citizens to save energy in Hungary. It recognises activities with high social acceptance potential, that inspire and motivate citizens to change their energy usage habits.
LIFE-DIADEME won the Innovation award for its innovative public lighting scheme which reduces emissions and improves pedestrian safety. It recognises outstanding EU-funded activities that show an original and innovative path toward the clean energy transition.
Birgit Hansen, Mayor of Frederikshavn, won the Woman in Energy award for her local leadership in climate planning. It recognises outstanding activities led by women that, if replicated, help to advance the clean energy transition in Europe and contribute to the European energy and climate targets.
Filip Koprčina scooped the Young Energy Trailblazer award for democratising solar energy ownership. A new award this year, it recognises outstanding activities carried out by young people (under 35) which advance the clean energy transition in Europe and inspire ambitious climate and energy action.
RenOnBill took the Citizens’ Award for bringing financial institutions and utilities together to increase renovation uptake. This awardrecognises initiatives and individuals working on innovative and engaging ways to reinvent Europe’s energy landscape.The 6 projects competing in the Engagement and Innovation categories were up for consideration for this award, determined by public vote.
For more details about all of the finalists, including short videos of each project – see EUSEW Awards 2021 Winners | EU Sustainable Energy Week
For more details about EUSEW 2021, see EU Sustainable Energy Week (eusew.eu)