For ten years now, the Federal Ecodesign Award has been demonstrating how environmental and climate protection, innovation and excellent design can be combined. In its anniversary year 2021, the jury of the highest state award for ecological design is once again looking for forward-looking concepts, services and products. Companies of all sizes and sectors, students and pioneers in the national and international arena are invited to apply by April 12, 2021.
In order to conserve resources and the climate and ensure quality of life for future generations, we need designs that are suitable for everyday use and creative ideas on how sustainability can be lived. Competition entries can be submitted in the categories of concept, service, product or newcomer. What counts is an ecologically as well as aesthetically convincing design.
To mark the anniversary, various activities are being planned around the meeting of the jury in September and the award ceremony in December 2021 to bring the topic and the good examples from the competition to the wider public.
With the award of the Federal Ecodesign Prize, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in cooperation with the International Design Center e.V. have been promoting sustainable consumption since 2012. Since then, more than 2,500 submissions have been evaluated by a panel of experts in a multi-stage process, 269 entries have been nominated by the interdisciplinary jury, and finally 91 outstanding projects have been awarded the design prize.
The winners of the competition will be announced on December 6, 2021, at a festive awards ceremony at the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Professional image trailers will be produced for all award-winning submissions, which will be made available to the award winners and used for the competition's media relations. In addition, the award-winning projects will be presented to the public in a traveling exhibition. The young talent awards are endowed with a cash sum of 1,000 euros each.