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In 2008 in the heart of Berlin we developed the idea to gain more public attention for projects that are committed to the protection of resources and our environment. Within 10 years the GreenTec Awards have developed themselves into one of the most important environmental awards worldwide. The GreenTec Awards aim at initiatives, private persons, start-ups, and medium-sized, as well as big companies that support a Green Lifestyle. Together with over 120 partners we award and connect people with visions in order to bring forward the integration of sustainability in our daily life.
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.
In 15 categories we awarded projects that are committed to the protection of resources and our environment and integrate Green Lifestyle into our daily life. We would like to congratulate Joulia SA (Construction & Living), Jugend denkt um.welt (Communication), BDI – BioEnergy International (Energy), Showerloop (Galileo Wissenspreis), Thriving Green (Lifestyle), iQ Power Licensing (Mobility by Schaeffler), neocomp (Recycling & Resources by Veolia), Arndt/Klumpp (Sports by Jack Wolfskin), Mobisol (Sustainable Development), Sportsman’s Delight (Textiles & Fashion by KUNERT), Terragon Environmental Technologies (Travel), Student Research Center Nordhessen (WWF Galileo Green Youngster), GHT Mobility (Special Prize Start-up), Samy Deluxe (Special Prize Music) and Ballard Power Systems (Special Prize Canada). On May, 12th all laureates of 2017 were honored at our gala in Berlin. Find out more about the winners:
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.
The gala of the GreenTec Awards is the higlight of the year. Guests from economy, science, politics and media get together to set an example for Green Lifestyle. Impressions of this year's event as well as the best moments from 10 years GreenTec Awards can be found in our gallery.
An interdisciplinary jury decides about the nominees and winners of the GreenTec Awards. With over 75 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 annual jury conference took place on February 22, 2017 in the Canadian Embassy. The laureates were selected by a secret election and honored at the gala on May 12, 2017 in Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Carsten Agert
Director of the institute
, EWE-Forschungszentrum NEXT ENERGY;
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Bauer
Head of the institute
, Fraunhofer IAO and IAT Universität Stuttgart;
, Universal Music International;
Dr. Markus Beukenberg
, WILO SE;
, OKAL Haus GmbH;
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Bonhoff
, NOW GmbH – National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology;
Director Corporate Communications Germany, Austria, Switzerland
, Boeing Deutschland GmbH;
, HERE Deutschland GmbH;
Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education and Senior Lecturer
, European School of Management and Technology, Berlin;
, VDMA, German Engineering Federation;
Dr. Joachim Damasky
, German Association of the Automotive Industry;
, Cleantech and Physical Sciences Venture Services;
Chief Operating Officer
, Weidmüller Gruppe;
Till F. Esser
Director of Institutional Relations Central Europe
, NH Hotel Group;
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Faulstich
, German Advisory Council on the Environment;
Managing Editor in Chief Galileo
, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE;
, DRV - German Travel Association;
Dr. Corinna Franke-Wöller
, Agency for Business and Development;
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Franzke
, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology;
Publisher Jahrbuch für Innovation
, GdW - Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies;
, Embassy of Canada to Germany;
, ProSiebenSat. 1 Media AG;
Chief Executive Officer
, Veolia Umweltservice GmbH;
, VKU - Verband Kommunaler Unternehmen e.V.;
Dr. Christopher Hebling
Director Division Hydrogen Technologies
, Fraunhofer ISE – Institute for Solar Energy Systems;
, BEM - German Federal Association for eMobility;
, Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen ARD;
Prof. Dr. Tim Hosenfeldt
Senior Vice President Corporate Innovation
, Schaeffler AG;
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard F. Hüttl
Chairman of the Executive Board
, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences;
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert
Director and Professor
, DIW - German Institute for Economic Research, Hertie School of Governance Berlin;
Nikolaus Graf Kerssenbrock
Deal Advisory, Strategy
, KPMG AG;
Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff
, KIRCHHOFF Gruppe;
, Gmund Paper;
Deputy Managing Director & Spokesman
, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH;
, Automotion Division, ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers‘ Association;
, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production gGmbH;
Dr. Michael Kummermehr
, Hyazinth LLP;
, BDE - Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry;
, CanadaCleantech and International Cleantech Network;
, ewerk GmbH;
Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel
Chief Editor WirtschaftsWoche
, Handelsblatt GmbH;
Dr. Klaus P. Meier
Chief Executive Officer FHCS &
Executive Council member
, Freudenberg Group ;
Dr.-Ing. Detlef Müller-Wiesner
Senior Technical Advisor
, Airbus Group;
Dr. Luis Neves
Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer
, Deutsche Telekom AG;
Actress and Presenter
Member of the Board
, B.A.U.M. e.V. - Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management;
, Neumann&Müller Veranstaltungstechnik;
Director Public Relations & Cooperations
, JACK WOLFSKIN
Ausrüstung für Draussen GmbH & Co. KGaA;
, Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH;
General Manager Product, Marketing and Sales
, KUNERT Fashion GmbH;
Prof. Dr. Georg Rosenfeld
Member of the Executive Board
, Fraunhofer Headquaters;
Senior Vice President Sport
, ProSiebenSat.1 Sports GmbH;
, Municipal Vehicles and Equipment Industry Association;
, DWA - German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste;
Dr. Heike Schiffler
Cluster Leader Environment Europe & Central Asia
, Tetra Pak GmbH & Co KG;
Business Development, Strategie, Sales and Marketing
, Kreisel Electric GmbH;
Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies
, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH;
, Serviceplan Berlin GmbH & Co. KG;
Chief Executive Officer
, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH;
Dr. Dirk Stenkamp
, TÜV NORD AG;
, EW Medien und Kongresse GmbH;
Member of the Executive Board
, WWF Deutschland;
Christopher von Deylen
Dr.-Ing, Dirk Waider
Chief Technology Officer
, GELSENWASSER AG;
Manager Environment / Sustainability
, Markenverband e.V.;
Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber
, Fraunhofer ISE – Institute for Solar Energy Systems;
Dr. Oliver Weinmann
, Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH;
Brand communication and sustainability
, wiwi-plan ;
The application period für the competition 2017 has ended. On May 12, 2017 the winners of the GreenTec Awards 2017 have been awarded. The application period for 2018 will start soon.
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. 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.
The GreenTec Awards 2017 have been awarded 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 by Jack Wolfskin, 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. The GreenTec Awards have a partnerland for the first time: Canada. We are glad to award Canadian projects that are committed to the environment in the category Special Prize Canada.
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 Prize.
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.
Canada, the partnerland of the GreenTec Awards, awards a Special Prize in 2017. Canadian projects that contribute to the protection of our environment are being awarded. The wealth of environmental resources is accompanied by ecological challenges. The Canadian Government meets these challenges with responsibility regarding a new climate protection agreement.
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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