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German Federal Ecodesign Award 2020

Call for entries open until 6 April

Packaging that is also a product? An app that helps to save resources? A new concept for environmentally friendly mobility in rural areas?

Companies, students and lateral thinkers are once again called upon to apply with innovative services, concepts and products by 6 April 2020. Entries for the German Federal Ecodesign Award can be submitted in the categories “concept”, “service”, “product” and “young talent“. What counts is the ecologically and aesthetically convincing design.

From the idea to production to disposal – for every project, the entire life cycle is in focus and with it the question of how design solutions can change our consumer behaviour in such a way that it contributes to reducing the burden on the environment. How can products, product parts and their materials be kept in circulation as long as possible? And how to minimize harmful environmental effects?

The competition has been held annually since 2012 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in cooperation with the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ), making it the German government’s highest award for eco-design. Experts from the Federal Environment Agency and the project advisory board as well as a high-ranking jury will examine and evaluate the quality of the submissions in a multi-stage process. In November 2020, the winners of the competition will be announced at a festive awards ceremony at the Federal Environment Ministry. Professional image trailers will be produced for all award-winning entries, which will be made available to the prize winners and used for the competitions media work. In addition, all nominees and prize winners will be presented to the public in a travelling exhibition on the competition in 2020. The prizes for young talent are endowed with a sum of €1,000 each.

International companies are admitted to the competition if the submitted product is available on the German market or is aimed at this market as a service or concept. The application must be submitted in German.

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