The European Energy Award supports local authorities in establishing interdisciplinary planning approaches and implementing effective energy and climate policy measures through the rational use of energy and increased use of renewable energies. There are 1,600 local authorities with a population of 65 million participating today.
Dr. Stephan Pernkopf
Vice Governor of Lower Austria
"The municipalities of lower austria are playing a very important role in order to attain our ambitious energy-goals. The country programme eea (e5) supports municipalities establishing long term structures to increase energy efficiency and climate protection while reducing expenditures."
Former Prime Minister of France, former Mayor of Bordeaux
"The European Energy Award is a methodological support tool designed to enhance and bring about recognition of the quality of the climate and energy policy that we are conducting in our territories. Our efforts are real and respond to the climate challenges of tomorrow. The continuous improvement process inherent to the European Energy Award has led us to go even further to build with all the local actors a territory resolutely directed towards the energy transition."
Mayor of Kötschach-Mauthen, Carinthia
"The eea program is an extensive tool which offers municipalities a chance to achieve a continuous improvement of the energy efficiency, identify potentials for the use of renewable energies and increase environmental awareness, under inclusion of the population and the local specific features. At the same time one can compete in an amicable competition against municipalities from all over Europe. With the work in the municipalities we pursue a common aim to protect the preservation of our intact nature for later generations!"
City Councillor of Geneva
"Working together for a city that is 100% renewable in 2050: by adopting this vision, the City of Geneva has joined the European cities providing the greatest momentum for the trend towards energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions. The City of Geneva received the European Energy Award Gold in 2010."
Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development of Monaco
"The eea is a tool that incentivizes action. It assisted the government in giving more prominence to its commitments toward its climate policies."
Baden-Wuerttembergs minister of environment
"For the state government of Baden-Württemberg, cities, municipalities and counties are important partners to build a powerful alliance in order to reach ambitious energy- and climate protection goals. The European Energy Award has proven to be a helpful instrument for establishing these alliances."
Mayor of Chemnitz
"In order to meet the challenges of climate change at municipal level, the eea has proved to be an effective steering tool, helping to tap existing potential, bringing together key stakeholders, initiating new activities, implementing measures and thus providing reasonable weight to climate protection in the city of Chemnitz."
Federal Councillor, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (2010 - 2018)
"European Energy Award Municipalities attest to the success of an energy policy based on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency."
Former City Councillor, head of the Department of Industrial Activity, Zurich
The number of people coming to the City of Zurich to live and work – or for pleasure or school – is steadily rising. They are attracted not least by the high standard of living. We want to maintain that standard, but use less energy. The European Energy Award Gold encourages us on the long road to the 2000 Watt Society.
Director, Public Works, Energy and the Environment, Bienne
"The European Energy Award is helping the City of Biel work to realize its potential for action on energy policy. It spurs us systematically to assess planning, construction, supply, mobility, communication / cooperation and organizational considerations and to take appropriate measures."
The eea had an online session at the EU Regions Week on October 20, 2020, talking about Climate Pacts: Citizens' engagement. We invite you to watch the recording of the session on the link: https://euregionsweek2020-video.eu/video/climate-pacts-citizens-engagement
On 27 November 2020, at the General Assembly of the eea, Gudrun Heute-Bluhm, executive Board member of the "Städtetag" Baden-Württemberg, was elected as new president of the eea. Welcome and Congratulations!
Between 24 and 27 August 2020, 21 cities, municipalities and districts from North Rhine – Westfalia (DE) are being (re)awarded with the European Energy Award. Among others, cities like Köln, Bonn and Aachen. Congratulations to all of them!