Guidelines for awards


The EU Sustainable Energy Awards (EUSEW Awards) competition is designed to highlight the success of completed or ongoing projects, activities or actions in energy efficiency and renewables. The competition will run from December 2019 to January 2020 to receive submissions from a wide range of sectors and countries across the European Union in the categories of Engagement, Innovation and Youth.

9 finalists, 3 per category, will be selected to compete for the title of the year’s most successful project in each category. An expert jury will award prizes in all categories and a special Citizens’ Award will be awarded to one finalist from any category, via an online public vote. All winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony taking place in Brussels on 23 June 2020.



Recognising activities with high social acceptance potential, that inspire and motivate citizens to change their energy usage habits.


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


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


Evaluation of competition entries (applications) is based on three criteria, with a maximum score of ten points each. An application can therefore receive a maximum score of 30 points.

Concept (10 points)

Each winning activity should be a best-in-class example in its field. Applicants should focus on highlighting elements of originality that will drive change towards the energy transition.

Implementation (10 points)

Applicants should elaborate on how the concept of the activity is translated into action. All actions should be clearly described and feasible.

Impact (10 points)

Each winning activity should have a significant impact (relatively to the size of the action) and a positive contribution to the European energy and climate targets.

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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 and or individual applying that is 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 Implementation

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


The activities, projects, actions must be ongoing or concluded after 30 June 2019. Activities, projects, actions that are still at the planning stage are not eligible.

Previous winners and finalists

Activities, projects, actions which have been previously shortlisted as EUSEW Awards finalists are not eligible to re-enter the competition. Organisations or individuals that have previously been shortlisted are eligible if they present new activities, projects or actions.


Activities submitted for the Youth Award have to be carried out by people who are below 30 years old at the time of implementation. 


Activities submitted for the INNOVATION Award have to be carried out by ongoing EU-funded projects or those concluded after 30 June 2019.


The deadline for applications as closedYou can still nominate outstanding Women in Energy until 3 March 2020.



By applying to the EUSEW Awards 2020 competition, the shortlisted finalists and winners agree to support the promotion of the Awards 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 2020 and beyond (e.g. meetings, events, video production, ….);
  • 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 Awards ceremony or during the Awards ceremony are the sole property of the European Commission.