The 'e5' - programme


Contact: e5 Austria

The e5-programme, the Austrian version of the European Energy Award (eea), was launched in 1998. It provides local governments with practical, long-term support in the fields of energy efficiency and climate protection and has become one of the umbrella programmes for the eea.

The success of a city or community is measured in “e”, with the number of “e”s representing the scope of energy and climate measures implemented. The most dedicated local governments achieve “eeeee”, which is how the Austrian programme name “e5” originated. On the European level, “eee” corresponds to the European Energy Award and “eeeee” to the European Energy Award Gold.

The Austrian programme “e5 Österreich” is managed by the Austrian Energy Agency as part of the initiative “klimaaktiv” of the Austrian Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with seven Austrian provinces.


Number of municipalities

  • participating in total: 395
  • awarded eea: 218
  • awarded eea Gold: 34

Population involved: 4.3 m

  • 1st eea award: 1999
  • 1st eea Gold award: 2004

Status beginning of 2024