EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise champions of 2030 climate and energy targets

Public voting for the best European clean energy projects and leaders now open

Twelve outstanding individuals and projects are highlighted at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2021 for their innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. Finalists of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards were chosen from a list of the year’s most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy. The awards have four categories - Engagement, Innovation, Woman in Energy and Young Energy Trailblazer – as well as the Citizens' Award, which will be received by one of the projects in the first two categories. Prizes will be awarded by an expert jury (for Engagement and Innovation), and by citizens via a public vote, which is now open until 22 October. The five winners will be announced on Monday 25 October during EUSEW 2021. 

EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2021 finalists

Engaging European citizens in the energy transition

The Engagement award recognises activities with high social acceptance potential, that inspire and motivate citizens to change their energy usage habits. The contenders in the Engagement category include the projects COMPILE, TripleA-reno and EnergyNeighbourhoods

COMPILE is a project that helps to create energy communities integrated with renewable energy in Europe’s rural areas. Read about COMPILE in Slovenian or English. ​ 


TripleA-reno uses a performance evidence-based approach to make home renovations and resulting energy savings more attractive, acceptable and affordable for EU citizens. Read about TripleA-reno in Slovenian or English.


EnergyNeigbourhoods is a programme in Hungary that empowers individuals and communities to take action in response to climate change by making energy-saving behavioral changes in a collaborative way. Read about EnergyNeighbourhoods in Hungarian or English.



Innovators working for a clean, secure and energy efficient Europe

The Innovation award recognises outstanding EU-funded activities that show an original and innovative path toward the clean energy transition. The contenders in the category are LIFE-DIADEME, PERFORM and RenOnBill

LIFE-DIADEME is an Italian project that offers a low-cost way to save energy in public lighting while monitoring environmental conditions. Read about LIFE-DIADEME in Italian or English.


PERFORM is a pan-EU project that aims to reduce the environmental impact and CO2 emissions of the chemical industry. Read about PERFORM in Dutch or English.


RenOnBill is a project that uses on-bill financing schemes to increase uptake of residential building renovations. Read about RenOnBill in Italian, Spanish or English.



Women paving the way for a sustainable energy future

The Woman in Energy award recognises outstanding activities led by women that, if replicated, help to advance the clean energy transition in Europe and contribute to the European energy and climate targets. The contenders in the category are Dr. Karolina Lipińska, Mὸnica Guiteras Blaya and Birgit Hansen

Karolina is an innovation architect and the initiator of the Pomeranian Platform for the Development of Offshore Wind Energy in the Baltic Sea. Read about Karolina in Polish or English.


Mὸnica is part of the EmpowerMed project which aims to alleviate energy poverty in the coastal areas of Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on women. Read about Mὸnica in Spanish or English.


Birgit is the mayor of Frederikshavn (Denmark) and is recognised for her role in the city’s ambitious climate plan. Read about Birgit in Danish or English.




European youth take action to shape a sustainable energy future

The Young Energy Trailblazer award recognises outstanding activities carried out by young people (under 35) which advance the clean energy transition in Europe and inspire ambitious climate and energy action. The contenders in the category are Merve Güngör, Daniele Novara and Filip Koprčina. 

Merve is in charge of communications at EKOenergy, an ecolabel recognising sustainable energy in order to encourage consumers to engage with the green energy transition. Read about Merve in Finnish or English.


Daniele is the CEO and founder of Easy Hydro, which aims to commercialise modular, inexpensive and reliable water turbines. Read about Daniele in Italian or English.


Filip is the founder of Energy Shift, the blockchain-powered platform that allows citizens to invest in and support solar energy projects around the world. Read about Filip in Croatian or English.



EUSEW 2021

EUSEW 2021 runs from 25 to 29 October 2021, under the theme ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’. Taking place ahead of the decisive COP 26, the event brings together energy policy experts, industry leaders, academia and civil society representatives to discuss how forward-looking policies for decarbonisation, energy efficiency, climate mitigation, and many others comprising the European Green Deal, can help rebuild a better and more resilient society and economy.

EUSEW 2021 is held as an online event once again, with more opportunities than ever to connect, engage, network and reflect on the biggest issues in clean energy in Europe and beyond.

Registrations for participants and for media are now open

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The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. The 16th edition of EUSEW will take place online on 25-29 October 2021 under the theme: ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’. The Week consists of a 3-day digital policy conference, the EU Sustainable Energy Awards Ceremony, the Debate with Ambassadors, the second European Youth Energy Day, as well as 1:1 video meetings, virtual stands, and other networking activities. Participants will also have access to an extended programme and digital sustainable energy events, known as Sustainable Energy Days, which will take place all over Europe throughout the months of September and October 2021.

Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, EUSEW was organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) until 31 March 2021, and as of 1 April 2021 is organised by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy.