The GreenTec Awards address initiatives, private persons, start-ups, and medium-sized, as well as big companies. Our 120 partners and us think in a solution-oriented manner. We are convinced that sustainability can only reach society when environmental topics are integrated in our daily life – without sacrifice or moral pointing finger.
Marco Voigt, Sven Krüger (GreenTec Awards)
The GreenTec Awards are supported by prominent guests who are committed to a green lifestyle. They can sensitize not only their own fans but the general public to environmental issues.
The award ceremony of the GreenTec Awards takes place once a year and has shown good sense for identifying future-orientated ideas since its foundation in 2008: We honored Elon Musk by Tesla when the majority was still mistaking it for a formula. Or Car2Go – back then the concept was still critically questioned – nowadays the development of Car2Go speaks for itself. Another laureate on stage was Morten Harket – to the majority primarily known as the lead singer of the band a-ha – but who is actually also highly committed to the environment in his home country Norway. We had the pleasure to support the electrical training airplane by Airbus – a pioneer in the field of electric flying. Currently on stage was the water backpack “Paul” that provides clean drinking water in Third World countries and crisis regions as humanitarian aid. Each project is unique in its kind. Explore a small selection of extraordinary projects of the last years.
In 2017 we will be celebrating the achievement of our 10th anniversary. Enjoy the biggest environmental gala either live or via live broadcast on ProSieben. As ever the gala is naturally organized as a Green Event, with 100 journalists and supported by about 100 celebrities.
An interdisciplinary jury decides about the nominees and winners of the GreenTec Awards. With over 70 members the jury is composed of independent representatives from the economy, science, associations, and the media. Three projects in each category are nominated, two are being chosen by the jury and one by a public Online-Voting. The winners are being elected at the annual jury meeting.
The jury members are as follows:
Aiman Abdallah Presenter, ProSiebenSat. 1 Media AG;
Carsten Agert Director of the institute,EWE-Forschungszentrum NEXT ENERGY;
Wilhelm Bauer Head ofthe institute, Fraunhofer IAO and IAT Universität Stuttgart;
Dirk Baur ManagingDirector, International Division UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland;
Markus Beukenberg CTO,WILO SE;
Klaus Bonhoff ManagingDirector , NOW GmbH – National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology;
Béatrice Bracklo DirectorCommunication Germany, Boeing Operations International, Inc.;
Michael Bültmann ManagingDirector , HERE Deutschland GmbH;
Christoph Burger Senior Associate Dean ofExecutive Education and Senior Lecturer, ESMT European School of Management andTechnology, Berlin;
Richard Clemens ManagingDirector, VDMA German Engineering Federation;
Joachim Damasky ManagingDirector , VDA – German Association of the Automotive Industry;
JonathanDogterom Managing Director, Cleantech and Physical Sciences VentureServices;
Elke Eckstein ChiefOperating Officer , Weidmüller Gruppe;
NinaEichinger Presenter, Actress;
Till F. Esser General Manager , NHCollection Berlin Friedrichstrasse;
Martin Faulstich Chairman, German AdvisoryCouncil on the Environment;
FrederikFichtner Managing Editor in Chief Galileo, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE;
Norbert Fiebig President, DRV German Travel Association;
Ronald Focken Managing Director,Serviceplan Agentur Holding;
Corinna Franke-Wöller ManagingDirector , Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development;
Stefan Franzke Managing Director , Berlin Partner for Business and Technology;
Dr. Corinna Franke-Wöller Managing Director , Agency for Business and Development;
Rea Garvey Singer, Songwriter;
Axel Gedaschko President of the GdW, GdW Federal Association of German Housing and Real EstateCompanies;
Marie Gervais-Vidricaire Ambassador, Embassy ofCanada to Germany;
Stefan Gödde Presenter, ProSiebenSat. 1 Media AG;
Matthias Harms Chief Executive Officer,Veolia Umweltservice GmbH;
PatrickHasenkamp Vice President, VKU – Verband Kommunaler Unternehmen e.V.;
ChristopherHebling Director Division Hydrogen Technologies, Fraunhofer ISE – Institutefor Solar Energy Systems;
ChristianHeep Vice President, German Federal Association for eMobility;
Mareile Höppner Presenter, Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen ARD;
ReinhardF. Hüttl Chairmanof the Executive Board, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre forGeosciences;
Claudia Kemfert Energy Expert, Professor,DIW German Institute for Economic Research, Hertie School of Governance Berlin;
Nikolaus Graf Kerssenbrock Partner DealAdvisory Strategy | Energy, KPMG AG Economic & Valuation Services;
Johannes F.Kirchhoff Managing Partner, KIRCHHOFF Gruppe;
Florian Kohler ChiefExecutive and Owner, Gmund Papier;
Christoph Körfer Press Spokesman, DeputyManaging Director, ProSiebenSat. 1 Media AG;
Gunther Koschnick Managing Director,Automotion Division, ZVEI – German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association;
Michael Kuhndt Director, CSCP – Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and ProductiongGmbH;
MichaelKummermehr Solicitor, Partner, Wegner Ullrich Müller-Helle &Partner - Rechtsanwälte;
Peter Kurth President, BDE Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw MaterialsManagement Industry;
Denis Leclerc President and Chief Executive Officer, Écotech Québec, Québec CleantechCluster;
Miriam Meckel ChiefEditor WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt GmbH;
DetlefMüller-Wiesner Senior Technical Advisor, Airbus Group;
Luis Neves GroupClimate Change and Sustainability Officer , Deutsche Telekom AG;
Désirée Nosbusch Presenter;
Martin Oldeland Memberof the Board , B.A.U.M. e.V. – Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für UmweltbewusstesManagement;
AlexOstermaier Chief executive, Neumann&Müller Veranstaltungstechnik;
Bernhard Puttinger CEO,Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH;
Justina Rokita General Manager Product,Marketing and Sales, KUNERT Fashion GmbH;
Georg Rosenfeld Member of the ExecutiveBoard, Fraunhofer Headquaters;
Alexander Rösner SeniorVice President Sport, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH;
Bernd Sackmann ManagingDirector, Municipal Vehicles and Equipment Industry Association;
Otto Schaaf President, DWA – German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste;
Nicole Scheer Head ofDivision Sustainable Management and Safety, TRUMPF GmbH & Co. KG;
Heike Schiffler ClusterLeader Environment Europe & Central Asia, Tetra Pak GmbH & Co KG;
ChristianSchlögl Business Development, Strategie, Sales and Marketing, KreiselElectric GmbH;
Olaf Schmidt VicePresident Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt;
Boris Schucht ChiefExecutive Officer, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH;
Karsten Schwanke Presenter and meteorologist,Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen ARD;
Britta Steffen Olympic champion inswimming;
Dirk Stenkamp Memberof the Board, TÜV NORD AG;
ChristinaSternitzke Chief Executive, EW Medien und Kongresse GmbH;
Marco Vollmar Memberof the Executive Board, WWF Deutschland;
Christopher von Deylen Musician (Schiller);
CarolaWandrey Consultant environment/sustainability, Markenverband e.V.;
Eicke R.Weber Director, Fraunhofer ISE – Institute for Solar Energy Systems;
OliverWeinmann Managing Director, Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH;
KathrinWiedefeldt Brand communication and sustainability, dmBio;
Matthias Willenbacher Founderjuwi, juwi Holding AG
The application period für the competition 2017 has ended. Since January 23, 2017 you can discover the TOP3 of each category here. Furthermore you can vote for our new category Sustainable Development. The jury will decide upon the winner of the nominees on February 22, 2017. The application and selection process consists of five steps that are further explained in the following section. The determination of the nominees and winners is fair and strictly separated from the organizer. The Online-Voter and the jury alone determine the winners. The process is monitored and certified by TÜV NORD.
Application: Companies, organizations or private persons can apply by using the online form. All applications are being collected, checked with regard to formal criteria (completeness) and confirmed by the organizer. The application phase ended on September 15, 2016.
TOP 10: The patrons of each category, together with WWF and TÜV NORD, check the substantive criteria as well as the allocation of the projects to the categories. They determine the best 10-15 projects of each category, which are being presented in the Online-Voting and the jury voting on our website. Apart from qualitative criteria a representative selection of projects is also wanted. All TOP 10 applicants will be presented online on November 15, 2016.
3 Nominees: In total 3 projects will be nominated in each category – two by an independent jury and a third one by the public onlinevoting. Questions from the jury about particular projects will be passed on to the applicants. At the moment you can vote for your favorite project in the new category Sustainable Development. Furthermore you can discover the TOP 3 of the other categories.
Jury Meeting: The jury will exclusively select the winner out of the three nominees in each category. All nominees will be presented, discussed and evaluated at the jury meeting. The jury meeting will take place on February 22, 2017.
Award Ceremony: The laureates will be honored at the GreenTec Awards gala. Not all categories will be presented on stage. The award ceremony will take place on May 12, 2017 in Berlin.
By September 15, you could apply for the GreenTec Awards 2017 in the following categories: Communication, Construction & Living, Energy, Galileo Wissenspreis, Lifestyle, Mobility by Schaeffler, Recycling & Resources by Veolia, Special prize WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award, Sports, Sustainable Development, Textiles & Fashion by KUNERT and Travel . Companies that are younger than three years will automatically apply for the additional category Start-up. Private persons could apply for the categories Galileo Wissenspreis and WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award without paying the administration fee. Applicants for the Youngster Award must be between 14 and 18 years old. Moreover, we reward committed artists from the music industry by presenting the Special prize Music.
Recycling is the oldest environmental technology. However, due to scarcity of resources and climate change it is also more important than ever before. Innovative recycling deals with new questions: How can valuable waste be converted into secondary raw materials as completely as possible? How can considerations for a product’s potential secondary use be implemented in the product’s design phase as early as possible? How can valuable yet hardly separable raw materials, such as rare soils, be recovered completely? How can new concepts such as urban mining and upcycling be advanced?
Communication is the key to success. This is true for almost every product and aspired change. Especially when it comes to green technologies and innovative solutions related to environmental protection, institutions and makers are sought to help with creative communication in order to make green projects (more) successful. The prize will be awarded to brand and/or advertising campaigns as well as to editorial articles in print, radio and TV.
The path from an average house to an energetic smart home is long and the inertia of the construction industry is big. We are looking for innovative, ecological and resource saving projects in the construction and housing sector. Applications in both the industrial and private sector are being considered. Whether a project is about innovative materials and construction methods, architectural concepts and concrete designs, building services, interior design, issues of restoration or even ecological demolition, we look forward to diverse applications.
The mammoth project “energy transition” is more and more taking shape, yet many questions remain unanswered. We are looking for approaches to using or producing energy more efficiently, for projects with greater application potential and for increased innovation. This includes energy production and its transfer, efficiency increase, storage, fuel, decentralized solutions and everything in between. Target groups of these innovations can be both households and businesses.
The Galileo Wissenspreis recognizes inventions and initiatives that make living in our environment more harmonious and help protecting the environment. Here, we focus on inventions and ideas for a more sustainable and greener lifestyle and look out especially for the connection of everyday life, commitment and technology. Applications are open to all those with an idea that can increase, promote or revolutionize environmental awareness in our daily life. The Galileo Wissenspreis is endowed with 5,000 Euros.
Trends determine our daily life. They express changes and tendencies in our society, which also applies to business and technologies. We are looking for ideas, products, and new concepts concerning lifestyle from all kinds of areas: consumption, cosmetics, leisure, exercise, health and nutrition – the range is large. The GreenTec Awards honor environmentally friendly concepts and services that adhere to the above-average economical use of resources, recyclability and product cycles.
Environmental awareness and mobility have been at the center of attention for years. The global degree of mobility is continuously increasing, resources are scarce and emissions like pollution and noise can be reduced significantly nowadays. In the category Mobility, the GreenTec Awards honor technological innovations (such as weight savings, consumption optimization, life cycle extension, production, materials), eco-friendly mobility concepts and mobility services concerning automobiles and motorcycles.
In cooperation with the WWF Germany (World Wide Fund for Nature) and Galileo (ProSieben), the GreenTec Awards 2017 will present a youth special award. It is addressed at bright young minds that are highly committed to environmental protection. Based on the principle of "shaping the future oneself", the WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award honors pioneering projects for environmental protection and conservation. Applications are open to young people between the age of 14 and 18 (at the time of application). The winner will be determined directly and exclusively through our Online-Voting – it is thus an exclusive audience award.
Sport belongs to us. With sports we give ourselves and our bodies a treat. The concept of combining physical fitness and the environment, effectively enlarging the positive effects, seems natural. The enthusiasm for top-class sports and the popularity of athletes can support spreading sustainability issues. We are looking for creative concepts, ideas and projects that don’t focus merely on the enjoyment of sports but simultaneously promote and contribute to environmental protection. We welcome submissions ranging from sports equipment, venues, operators, and concepts as well as initiatives from both mass sports and elite athletes that aim at protecting the environment.
Climate change, natural disasters or epidemics are global challenges which can only be tackled by international cooperation and innovative solution approaches. In this framework, the involvement of the business community is a crucial factor. We are looking for projects which help to improve the quality of life and anchor climate protection on site and which create perspectives for the people. The corporate collaboration should offer solution approaches, convince economically and contribute to an improvement of the ecological conditions on site.
Fashion shapes our everyday lives. Clothes are an expression of individuality and lifestyle. Sustainable fashion has moved into the center of our society. The objective of this category is to combine consciousness and high quality fashion. KUNERT has worked with textiles for more than 100 years, and is a pioneer in ecology and sustainability at least since the 90s. The award will go to textiles, textile trends, innovative materials and raw materials as well as production processes that make a lasting contribution to environmental protection. We are looking for inspiration for more sustainability in the clothing industry.
Tourism revenues are soaring all over the world. Tourism contributes to a cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. Although it is often connected to environmental stress and pollution, tourism also conveys values such as the preservation of nature and the supply of regional jobs. Sustainable tourism is embedded in the conditions of each holiday destination and increases the value of travel experience.
In 2017, the GreenTec Awards once again honor start-ups in a special category, addressing young companies and initiatives with a relation to technology. The aim of the prize is to encourage entrepreneurship, to promote promising start-ups that contribute to environmental protection and resource conservation, and last but not least to significantly support the winner within one year and measurably advance his projects. Applications from companies that are younger than three years will additionally and automatically qualify for the Start-up special award.
The award in the category Music is awarded to artists of the music and entertainment industry who are involved in environmental protection and raise awareness among their fans and the public. Musicians set trends and can be role models due to their behavior. With their music they can sensitize their audience emotionally and encourage environmental commitment. Regardless of the selection process in the other categories, the winner of the Special prize Music will be determined by the GreenTec Awards in exclusive cooperation with the Universal Music Group.
Together with the Awards two further projects complement the Green Family: Green Window, the up-and-coming online marketplace for green products, and NewsGreen, the online news portal for international sustainable news. That’s how to enjoy a green lifestyle!
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