The European Energy Award in figures
... 25 years of experience
... 1,500 municipalities participating
... total population of 48 million involved
... largest municipality participating: Lyon Metropolis (FR, 1.34 m inhabitants)
... smallest municipality partcipating: Senèdes (CH, 156 inhabitants)
Quality management and certification system
The European Energy Award is a quality management and certification system for municipalities and regions. It supports local authorities in establishing interdisciplinary planning approaches and implementing effective energy and climate policy measures. The success of the eea is based on 4 pillars:
Accelerator of national and supranational energy strategies
The eea translates national goals effectively into local policy recommendations. These provide guidance for municipalities in allocating their resources to achieve optimum efficiency in their measures.
For municipalities by municipalities
The eea has been continually developed by municipalities and experts on the local level since 1988. Careful consideration of the regional context forms an integral part of the programme.
Specific activity programmes
eea municipalities implement customised activity programmes with a long-term view. Action plans are evaluated and adjusted every 4 years with the assistance of accredited experts.
Municipalities‘ efforts are assessed with regard to their individual scope of action. This allows a comparison of different municipalities and the establishment of an international benchmark.
Why do local authorities choose to participate in the European Energy Award?
The number of awarded municipalities has been constantly increasing over the past ten years. As per the end of 2014, 720 of a total of 1,346 participating municipalities had been awarded the European Energy Award, 87 of which the European Energy Award Gold. The participating municipalities and regions especially appreciate the following benefits:
An effect oriented management instrument that leads to benefits
The eea comprises an iterative management process that guides municipalities in continuously improving their energy and climate policies. The well structured process allows for energy targets to be met faster.
Quality increase through coaching by external energy experts
Each municipality is assisted by an external energy consultant, which provides technical and organisational support throughout the entire eea process. An accredited eea auditor reviews the municipality‘s activities and rating to ensure the harmonised application of the certification system.
Access to a collection of national supporting tools
All national eea organisations have developed country-specific tools and checklists to facilitate the implementation of specific measures by municipalities. These national tools form an essential part of the eea process.
Certification on two levels creates visibility
Certification under the European Energy Award provides an incentive for municipalities to strengthen their activities and makes a strong point for location marketing purposes. The European Energy Award Gold further honours municipalities with exemplary energy policies for taking a pioneering role.
Regular exchange of experience and training
Best practice examples are regularly shared in national and in international exchange of experiences. Common identified weaknesses are addressed by the national eea organisations in specific trainings for local authorities.
The European Energy Award complements and supports other initiatives
The European Energy Award takes particularities of individual countries and regions into account, yet provides for benchmarks to be established between municipalities at a European level.
The eea process can be carried out as an independent programme, but it is recommended that municipalities and regions make it part of a broader energy and climate protection programme. It can also be used as a tool for implementing the Covenant of Mayors, and it allows the integration of Smart City projects. The Forum European Energy Award e.V. is additionally working towards having the eea recognised by ISO/CEN as a quality management tool for municipal energy and climate protection policy.