And the nominees are...

For the first time, the application and selection process of the Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy awards competitions have been merged. Both schemes are complementary competitions sharing the same ultimate goal: to provide institutional recognition and increase the visibility of best-in-class sustainable energy initiatives. A clear distinction between them nevertheless exists: while the SEE Awards welcome initiatives from the private and public sectors as well as industry associations, academic institutions, NGOs and media, the ManagEnergy Award is expressly designed to reward public authorities and energy agencies at the local and regional level.

For this year’s competition, 224 projects were submitted for the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards. A record 82 applicants were also eligible to participate in the ManagEnergy Awards competition. A panel of independent technical experts has shortlisted a total of 25 projects, ten of which are on the final run for the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award.

Although only six will go on stage to collect their well-deserved award, we would like to highlight that each of the 25 shortlisted projects are outstanding initiatives that truly contribute to the EU’s 2020 energy and climate objectives.

Thanks to all 224 participants who submitted a project description. We now invite you to discover the nominees for 2013.

Please click here for a summary list of the 2013 nominees of the Sustainable Energy Europe and the ManagEnergy Awards.

Below you will find a project fact sheet for each of the 25 shortlisted projects, organised by category. ManagEnergy nominees are listed at the end of this page.

Communicating

Projects in this category create awareness, change the perception and bring about endorsement of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy via targeted and professionally carried out communication activities.

  • Innovative ice challenge becomes a hot topic Mobilising citizens in the field of RUE and RES through special awareness raising campaign and Energy Days
    An insulated wooden house filled with ice is the attention-grabbing centrepiece of Energap’s campaign to educate citizens about energy efficiency.
  • Tackling energy-efficiency starts in the home ‘Let’s Live Warmer’ (Dzīvo siltāk)
    Nationwide campaign inspires citizens to take action to improve insulation in residential buildings.
  • Cutting-edge communication energises youngsters to think green Energy Bits – Young people and media for low energy footprints
    A cross-border and cross-media campaign has a huge impact on educating Europe’s youth about the use of sustainable energy.
  • Citizen-led poster campaign helps to reduce CO² emissions Engage
    A simple idea with an innovative twist makes tackling environmental issues fun.
  • Bristol powers up for solar revolution Bristol ‘Streets of Solar’ Pilot Project
    Community outreach efforts result in installation of solar photovoltaics (PVs) on rooftops across Bristol.

Consuming

Projects in this category are designed to guide, and help manage and reduce our energy consumption - be it directly or indirectly.

  • Making green energy affordable Som Energia Cooperative
    Spain’s first energy cooperative allows thousands to power their homes using electricity from renewable energy sources.
  • Improving energy efficiency in Europe’s capital The Brussels Local Action Plans for Energy Management (PLAGE)
    Hundreds of the largest buildings in Brussels have slashed their energy use following implementation of an innovative new management system.
  • Going beyond the 2020 emission reduction targets Chieti towards 2020
    Province of Chieti makes largest ever investment in energy efficiency and sustainable development.
  • Setting new standards in sustainability El Hierro, 100% Renewable Energy
    Hybrid hydro-wind electricity generation system is first step towards making a Spanish island energy self-sufficient.
  • Tapping into solar power Westmill Solar Co-operative
    UK’s first community-owned solar farm is believed to be the largest community-owned solar project in the world.

Learning

Projects in this category are carried out to improve knowledge and skills related to energy efficiency and renewables. They are usually carried out by official training and education bodies, such as schools, universities, training centres etc.

  • Sustainability expertise on demand PlanLoCaL – resources
    Innovative free resource pack provides communities with an ‘expert in the room’.
  • Innovative project educates students in energy-efficiency USE Efficiency - Universities and Students for Energy Efficiency
    Thousands of students around Europe improve the energy ratings of universities through the USE Efficiency programme.
  • European web portal a source of best practices for building Construction21 – A European green building exchange
    A new web portal aims to be a centre of best practice for 30,000 building professionals, allowing them to tackle crucial issues together, such as the market transition towards sustainability.
  • Tapping into the energy-saving potential of schools 50/50 european network of education centres (EURONET 50/50)
    EURONET 50/50 project empowers educational community to improve sustainability.
  • Thousands of staff at retailer learning how to cut energy consumption Alcampo: engaging responsible employees and citizens
    An energy efficiency awareness programme for the 12,000 workers at Spanish retail giant Alcampo has seen energy consumption at its hypermarkets drop by 16% - representing an equivalent reduction of 11,000 tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Living

Projects that aim to make buildings more energy-efficient or that incorporate the on-site generation of renewable energy.

  • New office building is better for the environment as well as more comfortable to live and work in Idom Madrid Office
    Cutting edge design and the use of latest technology allows new office building to minimise its energy requirements and emissions.
  • Building sustainable communities Sustainable Alidhem
    Residential neighbourhood on track to halve its energy consumption within five years.
  • Setting new standards in sustainability The Bold New Face Of Koprivnica
    Changing attitudes to green construction in Croatia.
  • Renewable energy technology minimises hotel’s carbon imprint Boutiquehotel Stadthalle
    Award-winning Viennese hotel becomes first city hotel in the world to achieve a zero-energy balance.
  • Banking on energy savings Financing and realising the modernisation of mass housing stock through energy conservation
    Innovative business model pays for Soviet-era flats to become more energy efficient.

Travelling

Projects in this category are about anything to do with mobility of people and goods in energy-efficient ways or with the help of renewable energy sources.

  • Producing green fuel from natural processes Lidkoping Biogas
    New liquefied biogas plant produces green fuel for vehicles as well as providing farms with a sustainable alternative to energy-intensive commercial fertilisers.
  • World’s first seafaring roll-on roll-off vehicle and passenger diesel electric hybrid ferries Sea Going Hybrid passenger RORO Ferries
    New battery-powered low-emission ferries, launched in Scotland, could be the future for short sea, river or lake crossings.
  • Reducing regional transport emissions to almost nothing Environmentally friendly gas buses
    Skåne region of southern Sweden targets 100% fossil-free bus transport by 2020.
  • Making road transport greener ECOSTARS Europe
    Fleet recognition scheme encourages cleaner freight and passenger road transport.
  • Freeing up street space for cyclists and pedestrians Car Sharing
    German city aims to remove 6,000 cars from its streets through an award-winning car-sharing scheme.

Managenergy local energy action award

The ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award is expressly designed to reward public authorities and energy agencies at the local and regional level that have shown outstanding achievements in the area of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport.

  • Innovative ice challenge becomes a hot topic Mobilising citizens in the field of RUE and RES through special awareness raising campaign and Energy Days
    An insulated wooden house filled with ice is the attention-grabbing centrepiece of Energap’s campaign to educate citizens about energy efficiency.
  • Improving energy efficiency in Europe’s capital The Brussels Local Action Plans for Energy Management (PLAGE)
    Hundreds of the largest buildings in Brussels have slashed their energy use following implementation of an innovative new management system.
  • Setting new standards in sustainability El Hierro, 100% Renewable Energy
    Hybrid hydro-wind electricity generation system is first step towards making a Spanish island energy self-sufficient.
  • Going beyond the 2020 emission reduction targets Chieti towards 2020
    Province of Chieti makes largest ever investment in energy efficiency and sustainable development.
  • Tapping into the energy-saving potential of schools 50/50 european network of education centres (EURONET 50/50)
    EURONET 50/50 project empowers educational community to improve sustainability.
  • Building sustainable communities Sustainable Alidhem
    Residential neighbourhood on track to halve its energy consumption within five years.
  • Setting new standards in sustainability The Bold New Face Of Koprivnica
    Changing attitudes to green construction in Croatia.
  • Producing green fuel from natural processes Lidkoping Biogas
    New liquefied biogas plant produces green fuel for vehicles as well as providing farms with a sustainable alternative to energy-intensive commercial fertilisers.
  • Reducing regional transport emissions to almost nothing Environmentally friendly gas buses
    Skåne region of southern Sweden targets 100% fossil-free bus transport by 2020.
  • Freeing up street space for cyclists and pedestrians Car Sharing
    German city aims to remove 6,000 cars from its streets through an award-winning car-sharing scheme.
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