The European Energy Award (eea) is administered and awarded by state ministries of the German federal states participating in the programme. These state ministries are supported by regional eea offices. The German national office of the eea (Bundesgeschäftsstelle) coordinates the activities of the offices in the federal states. The national office is responsible for the ongoing developments as well as the exchange of ideas and experiences and quality assurance within Germany.
In order to implement the eea, municipalities receive financial support from the state funding bodies. Furthermore, 88 accredited eea consultants and 8 eea auditors are currently at the disposal of the municipalities. Altogether, the eea network in Germany comprises a total of about 3,000 professionals.
Currently, 320 municipalities are participating in the eea. Of these municipalities, which have a total population of more than 22 million people, 170 have received the European Energy Award and 43 the European Energy Award Gold.
Compared to the average German municipality, eea municipalities enjoy various advantages including increased energy efficiency, higher savings in CO2 emissions and greater capacity to generate energy from renewable sources. In addition, eea municipalities benefit from recognizable savings in energy costs and improved internal administrative cooperation that allows for more effective planning and successful implementation of associated activities. Thanks to these key advantages, eea municipalities are equipped with superior capacities and capabilities to carry out sustainable energy and climate policies. The eea programme as well as its instruments and networks are continuously developed further at all local levels (communities, cities, municipal unions, counties and regions).