Investments in climate protection and energy efficiency are worthwhile, even from an economic point of view, as demonstrated by the winners of the four categories of this year’s Energy Efficiency Award.
This annual prize is presented by the German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur, dena) to companies that pursue innovative and highly successful ways of reducing energy consumption and harmful emissions.
The patron of the award, which is endowed with a total of €30,000, is Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier.
The following have been recognised for their achievements:
- The building materials manufacturer, Adolf Gottfried Tonwerke GmbH, together with the technology provider, Orcan Energy AG, in the Energy Transition 2.0 category, for exploiting previously unused waste heat from two furnaces for electricity generation.
- Ostsee-Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG and Energieberatung MV in the energy efficiency category: from clever to digital, for the energy-efficient optimisation of the printing process during ongoing operations.
- EnergieDienstleistungsGesellschaft Rheinhessen-Nahe mbH and the Rhineland-Palatinate Police Academy in the energy services and energy management category, for creating an energy-efficient local heating network with the active involvement of its users.
- The Audience Award, which was chosen by a live vote during the presentation ceremony, went to GETEC heat & power GmbH (Magdeburg /Saxony-Anhalt) and Clariant AG (Podari / Romania) for a CO2-neutral energy supply concept, using residual materials as an energy source.
“Energy efficiency and climate protection do not come for free. But those who invest intelligently create advantages for their company and their environment,” says Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena, at the award ceremony during the dena Energy Efficiency Congress in Berlin. “Climate-friendly business models work and also contribute to an integrated energy transition,” adds Andreas Kuhlmann.
“The successful projects that received the Energy Efficiency Award show that companies are taking responsibility for a carbon-neutral future. Climate protection and economic activity are not mutually exclusive," emphasises Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, at the award ceremony.
In all, 142 energy efficiency projects were entered for the Energy Efficiency Award this year: 108 entries came from Germany and a further 34 from European or international regions. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and supported by premium partners, Danfoss and KfW.
Click here for information on the competition.