The European Energy Award supports municipalities willing to contribute to sustainable energy policy and urban development through the rational use of energy and increased use of renewable energies. There are more than 1,400 municipalities participating today.
The European Energy Award involves the analysis and evaluation of municipalities’ efforts and achievements in the fields of energy and climate protection, with the evaluation taking into account not only the national and regional context, but also municipalities’ individual scopes of action. This ensures that municipal achievements can be effectively compared both at the national and the international level. The comparison is conducted annually through the eea benchmarking process. Municipalities’ results are based on external audits, which are performed every four years. Participating municipalities are therefore able to compare performances and boost their energy efficiency profiles at the European level.