Sustainable Energy Awards 2016
Call Identifier: Sustainable Energy Awards 2016
Publication Date: 12/01/2016
Budget: 0 €
Deadline: 22/02/2016  Brussels local Time
Specific Programme(s): Societal Challenges
Theme(s): Secure, clean and efficient energy

The European Commission has opened the submission of applications to the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2016.

The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables.

Applicants can submit innovative solutions if they are based in an eligible country and have practical applications that can be replicated elsewhere, and are either ongoing or ended after June 2015. The submissions should include energy-related projects (i.e. local initiatives, industry-wide programmes, etc.) that can help citizens, industry and the public sector work towards establishing the Energy Union.

The Awards are available for one or more of the following categories: consumers, public sector, businesses and the Citizens' Award and nominees will be chosen from a shortlist of the year's most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy submitted by applicants.

Initiatives will be judged by a high-level jury for their:

  • excellence in their area and innovation;
  • measurable impact and contribution to the EU's sustainable energy objectives; and
  • replication potential and social acceptance.

The deadline for applications is 22 February 2016 and further information about the call is available on the European Commission's dedicated website and the Guide for Applicants.


To be in with a chance of winning, your project must be based in the EU, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands or Ukraine.

There are several categories of award: ‘consumers’ – for actions that lead to the behavioural change of individual energy users, ‘public sector’ for exemplary initiatives lead by public and non-profit organisations, ‘businesses’ for forward-thinking businesses, and the ‘citizens’ award’ for the project which best captures the public imagination.

Projects should be innovative with original features likely to attract EU media, they should have a measurable impact in that they help reduce energy use or bring online renewable energy which will contribute to the EU’s climate and energy goals. They should also have a positive public opinion and be replicable across Europe.

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