Guidelines for awards

For an overview of the guidelines and FAQs, consult the info session recording and slides.

For inspiration, visit last year’s top 12 nominees



Recognising activities with high social acceptance potential, inspiring and motivating citizens to change their energy usage habits.


Recognising activities that, if replicated, can contribute to the European energy and climate targets and long-term decarbonisation objectives, having significant socio-economic benefits.


Recognising outstanding EU funded activities that show an original and innovative way to the sustainable energy transition.


Recognising outstanding activities carried out by or targeting young people (below 30).


The Awards are intended to highlight the success of completed or ongoing projects, activities or actions from a wide range of sectors and countries across the European Union.

There will be three assessment criteria, with a maximum score of ten points each. An activity can therefore receive a maximum total score of 30 points.

Concept (10 points)

Each winning activity should be a best in class example in its area. Submitted actions should also have elements of originality which will drive change towards the energy transition.

Implementation (10 points)

The translation of the concept into action should be clearly described and credible.

Impact (10 points)

Each winning activity should have a significant impact and a strong contribution to the European climate and energy targets.
For example, projects could describe energy savings, renewable energy generated, CO2 emissions avoided, number of jobs created or investments triggered in sustainable energy Additionally, outreach and other socio-economic benefits for citizens and positive environmental effects will be considered.
The relevant impacts will be assessed in relation to the size of the project concerned and to the evidence provided.”)

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The following eligibility criteria shall be applied to all submitted entries. Eligibility criteria are mandatory. Entries which do not meet these criteria will be excluded from further evaluation.

Geographical scope

The organisation running the activities, projects, actions must be based in the European Union and the activities, projects, actions must be carried out within the European Union.

Practical application

The aim of the Awards is to collect and showcase outstanding activities, projects, actions. Academic studies and theoretical research projects without any long-term, real-scale application directly linked to sustainable energy are therefore not eligible. Activities promoting commercial products already on the market are also excluded.


The activities, projects, actions must be ongoing or not concluded before 30 June 2018. Activities, projects, actions which are still at the planning stage are not eligible.

Previous winners and finalists

Activities, projects, actions which have previously been shortlisted as EUSEW Awards finalists cannot participate a second time. Organisations or individuals which have previously been shortlisted are eligible if they present new activities, projects or actions.


Activities submitted for the Youth Award should be carried out by or targeted to people below 30 years old at the time of implementing the activity. 


Activities submitted for the INNOVATION Award should be carried out only by on-going or concluded EU-funded Projects. 

Apply now until 11 February (23:59 CET)! 


By applying to the EUSEW AWARDS 2019, the shortlisted Finalists and Winners agree to support the promotion of the Award and its results, by:

  • providing targeted information to multiple audiences (including the media and the public) in a strategic and effective manner.
  • participating in possible follow-up activities in the course of 2019 and beyond (e.g. meetings, events, videos, ….)
  • granting the European Commission the right to use, for its communication and publicising activities, information relating to the project/initiative. 

The European Commission will promote the projects/initiatives through its regular and ad hoc media channels, events, etc. Photos and videos taken by the European Commission either in preparation of the Award ceremony or during the Award ceremony are the sole property of the European Commission.