Four innovative sustainable energy projects from Spain, France and Portugal won today the 2019 EU Sustainable Energy Awards during a ceremony at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Policy Conference in Brussels. The Awards acknowledge the crucial role of the private and public sector, NGOs, national and local authorities in working towards a climate-neutral Europe. The winning projects were recognised in four categories – Engagement, Leadership, Innovation and Youth – in addition to the 2019 Citizens’ Award which was decided by voters across Europe.
An additional prize was awarded this year for the Eastern Partnership countries.
EUSEW is now in its 14th year and is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Over 3,000 policy makers, industry, academia and researchers are gathering to debate key trends and EU's energy policies advancements. Organised by the European Commission, EUSEW is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.
EUSEW 2019 Awards winners
Leadership and the Citizens’ Award: Avià for a Good Climate, Spain – a sustainable village with an innovative renewable and energy efficiency action plan that has seen the implementation of solar power, housing upgrades, waste management strategies and other green measures. Through simple incentives like reduced taxes for homeowners installing solar panels on their rooftops, the plan has delivered a 60 % reduction in carbon emissions compared to 2014 levels. Discover more.
Engagement: Bardzour, France – a La Réunion-based project which has successfully converted unused land around a prison into a solar farm. The project creates enough renewable energy to meet one-third of the electricity needs of nearby city Le Port, reducing carbon emissions by 9 000 tonnes each year. Discover more.
Youth: ClimAct, Portugal – a project based in Lisbon working with hundreds of students, parents and teachers at almost 40 schools in Portugal, Spain, France and Gibraltar. The project aims to empower young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to get their schools onboard the sustainable energy transition. Discover more.
Innovation: E=0 & Transition Zero, France – a Paris-based project with an innovative, hassle-free and low-cost concept for upgrading energy efficiency in social housing. The scheme allows tenants to reduce their energy bills by living in a more energy efficient building while also improving the comfort of their own home. Discover more.
This year's Awards also featured a special category for the Eastern Partnership countries and the winner is the Georgian Vine and Wine Company LTD/SHILDA wine.
The EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries champions inspiring sustainable energy initiatives in the EaP countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. Applications were open to citizens, businesses, governmental institutions, local authorities, civil society and youth organisations, from one or several Eastern Partners countries. Six finalists were selected from over 50 entries.
Watch the complete Award Ceremony: