The German Ecodesign Award (Bundespreis Ecodesign) is Germany’s highest state award for ecological design. In the four categories of product, service, concept and young talents, it awards submissions that meet the highest ecological and design quality requirements.
The winners and nominees receive a certificate and the corresponding logo, and are allowed to use them for advertising. The winners also receive an individual trophy and are presented in a short film. The awards in the category young talent are endowed with prize money of 1,000 EUR.
In order to reach a broader public, the award winners and nominees are presented in a touring exhibition at trade fairs and museums in the following year. This is accompanied by events around the touring exhibition, for example, lectures or workshops with companies, students, designers.
What is the mission of the project?
The German Ecodesign Award is the first design award that places ecological criteria and design criteria on an equal footing. It honours products, services and concepts that meet both ecological and design quality requirements, and are innovative.
Where and when did the project start?
The German Ecodesign Award was offered for the first time in 2012 by the German Federal Environment Ministry, the German Environmental Agency and the International Design Center Berlin e.V. Since then it has been awarded annually.
Where is the project offered today?
It is essential that the submitted product is available on the German market, or in the case of services and concepts that they are oriented toward this market. International companies are also permitted to participate in the competition under these premises.
To whom is this project aimed? Who belongs to your target group?
The German Ecodesign Award is aimed at companies in all sectors and of all sizes, as well as individual designers. Start-ups or market leaders, local providers or global players are all addressed equally, alongside design studios, marketing agencies and architectural or engineering offices.