Your vote counts. We are looking for the best environmental protection projects. From November 30, 2017 until January 8, 2018 you can help find and reward the best green innovations with just a few clicks. One out of three finalists per category will be directly determined by the online voting. You can find more information about our competition process here.

Take part in our online voting for a chance to win 2 tickets for the GreenTec Awards gala on May 13, 2018 in Munich (including accommodation and travel within Germany) and two Jack Wolfskin TEXAPORE ECOSPHERE jackets made from a 100% recycled membrane (1x Monterey Coat for Women, 1x Hayward Parka for Men).*
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  • You have one vote per category in as many categories as you like
  • To select your favorite project, please click the corresponding box
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Enjoy exploring our TOP 10 projects!

Your GreenTec Awards team

Our categories

In order to vote, please click on each category.

Construction & Living

Patron for the category Construction & Living: GdW Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies

Description & evaluation criteria

The category Construction & Living addresses the important housing market and the construction industry in total. It focuses on ecological and resource-conserving projects – both in the industrial and private sector. Starting with innovative architectural concepts, new materials and construction methods, house technology and interior installations, concrete construction projects for housing estates and commercial real estates or questions of renovation up to the ecological demolition, diverse submissions are possible and welcome.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the project’s contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated, especially with regard to the cost-benefit ratio.
  • How innovative is the idea? Do function and aesthetics fit? Is the residential or commercial quality increased?
  • Is the project able to reconcile technology, buildings and the environment?
  • Does the project’s topic have an effect on the public? Is it a pioneer for a future broad application?
aelectra®
Deutsche Energiesysteme GmbH
8%
aelectra® - smart heating for outstanding efficiency and comfort
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Construction 4.0
Werkgemeinschaft Böhme Hilse Diplomingenieure Freie Architekten
9%
Housing area with surplus energy, district-power and e-mobility.
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CRAFTWAND® wood wall system
Massiv Forest Products
9%
New partition system, natural alternative to conventional non-natural dividers.
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Energy-self-sufficient house
René Schmid Architekten AG
5%
The apartment building is the first energy self-sufficient building of its kind.
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Wood Care Products
DAW SE
27%
Sustainable Wood Care Products based on Camelina
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cardyon™ - Brighter Use of CO2
Covestro Deutschland AG
9%
Using CO2 to reduce fossil resources in the production of plastics (mattresses)
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Climate-neutral holiday resort
Irota EcoLodge
6%
An inspiring example in tourism, combining luxury with sustainability.
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ProSHAPE-Energy Management
Borderstep Institut für Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit
8%
Digital and Decentralized Energy Management in Multi-Story Buildings
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Ustinov Construction System
Peter Ustinov Stiftung
6%
Solving the worlds housing problem by using ecologically beneficial recycled PET
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Future is living in a cube
CONTAINERWERK eins GmbH
13%
Conversion of used sea freight containers into living space.
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Energy

Patron for the category Energy: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Description of the category

The huge project “Energiewende” becomes more concrete, but many questions are still unanswered. We are looking for approaches to how energy can be used and implemented more efficiently, user-friendly, and innovatively – from energy generation to transmission, from increasing the efficiency to storage, from fuels to decentralized solutions. Target groups of innovations can be both private customers and industry.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the project’s contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • What is the degree of innovation and the potential contribution to future energy supply? Can the idea be implemented well? Is the idea, for example, compatible with existing structures?
  • Is the idea, or will it become, a driver of the „Energiewende“?
  • Does the project support a change in user behavior?
  • Does the idea have the potential for a wide media spread?
Brewery heats new district
Brau Union Österreich AG
4%
A Biogenic Fermentation Heat for a new District in Graz.
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The EUREF-Campus
EUREF
3%
EUREF-Campus – As smart as a capital can be!
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The sonnenCommunity
sonnen
17%
Produce, store and share your own and clean energy.
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BioSol coating for PV modules
MWK Bionik GmbH
28%
A BioSol self-cleaning coating for PV plants for higher efficiency.
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Highest efficiency solar cells
Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE
6%
18% more power through an innovative solar cell design.
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Light Projection 01
Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design
3%
Efficient and precise lighting in an interactive public lighting infrastructure.
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Peer-to-Peer-Energy Market
In Situ Energy AG
8%
The Next Generation Energy Market - Clean Peer-to-Peer-Energy at lower costs.
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Smart Energy that thinks along
AKASOL GmbH
4%
neeoBASIX with GridSense is an innovative and intelligent storage solution.
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SmartRegion Pellworm
Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG
4%
SmartRegion Pellworm - The blueprint for the energy transition in Germany.
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Water Battery
Max Bögl Wind AG
24%
A Symbiotic relationship for the future use of wind and hydro power.
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Galileo Wissenspreis

Patron for the category Galileo Wissenspreis: ProSiebenSat1MediaSE

Description of the category

The “Galileo Wissenspreis” awards projects and initiatives that make our lives in our environment more harmonious or help protect the environment. The focus is on inventions and ideas for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle, in particular the combination of daily life, commitment and technology. The “Galileo Wissenspreis” is endowed with 5,000 euros.

Evaluation criteria:

  • The invention is new or combines things that already exist, to something new.
  • The idea contributes to the protection of the environment.
  • Technology plays a role in the invention.
  • The invention has already achieved initial success or has a clear idea of how it could change the future.
  • The project is developed by a private person (or group) aged between 14 and 29 years.
AES Sustainable-Energy-System
12%
A project about storing solar power locally in hydrogen for home usage.
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BioLab Eberswalde
18%
We develop innovative sustainable mushroom-based materials to reduce plastic use
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The Active Battery
5%
Developing the most energy-efficient, longest-life battery storage system
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Innovative pollutant detection
3%
Efficient large-scale environmental monitoring of atmospheric pollutants
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LeafySan
3%
Fully automatic greenhouse controlled by a single chip.
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Without CO2 - you can do it!
2%
A competition for a more conscious decision-making about transport to school
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Oil Skimmer Boat
16%
Innovative fight against sea disasters.
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RASPHeat - intelligent heating
6%
Save the enviroment and control your heaters - RASPHeat makes it possible.
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RElectronics
29%
RElectronics allows an ecological and economical recycling of electronic scrap.
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water splitting
6%
Development of an energy-saving process for solar hydrogen production
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Lifestyle

Patron for the category Lifestyle: German Brand Association & Serviceplan

Description of the category

Trends shape our daily lifestyle, they are the expression of changes in our society. In the category Lifestyle we award ideas, products, concepts, events, campaigns and other formats that inspire consumers to lead a green lifestyle: cosmetics, leisure, exercise, health, food and much more – the thematic spectrum is broad.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Is the topic or the implementation of the project publicly effective?
  • How innovative is the idea? How well does it work? Do function and aesthetics fit?
  • Does the idea have a trend potential?
  • What is the contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
AIR up your life
AIRY GreenTech GmbH
17%
AIRY - worlds first air purifier without a power-plug.
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Cradle to Cradle clothes
TRIGEMA Inh. W. Grupp e.K.
9%
TRIGEMA Change - The vision of a world without waste
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global tip
tip me GbR in Gründung
7%
Imagine you could tip those that made your product.
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The porcelain cooking pot
ESCHENBACH PORZELLAN GROUP - Neue Porzellanfabrik Triptis GmbH
8%
The healthy, sustainable and non-allergenic alternative to stainless steel pots.
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Fairbag Upcycling Bags
Offerte Fairbag
4%
We manufacture upcyclite bags and bring disadvantaged people into work
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Hannoccino – the reusable cup
aha Zweckverband Abfallwirtschaft Region Hannover
21%
The innovative reusable cup system by pledge for a clean Hanover.
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Mission 2050: zero emissions
Deutsche Post DHL Group
7%
Logistics is green. Deutsche Post DHL Group’s mission 2050: zero emissions
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Using instead of owning
Relenda GmbH
13%
Creating an environmentally conscious generation: renting and using over buying
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The Foodsharing Café
Raupe Immersatt e.V. (Gemeinnütziger Verein in Gründung)
10%
A cafe with saved food for free and drinks for pay-as-you-feel.
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Jewellery - Eco+Fairtrade Gold
Jan Spille - Schmuck
3%
We manufacture bespoke jewellery from Eco+Fairtrade gold and silver.
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Mobility

Patron for the category Mobility: VDA - German Association of the Automotive Industry

Description of the category

Environment and mobility have been the focus of attention for years. The degree of mobility of the world's population is growing, resources are becoming scarcer and emissions such as exhaust fumes and noise can be significantly reduced today. In the category Mobility, the GreenTec Awards honor technological innovations (weight reduction, optimization of consumption, lifecycle prolongation, production, materials), environmentally friendly mobility concepts and services for all motor vehicles.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the project’s contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • How innovative is the idea?
  • Is the idea an ambassador for conservation of resources?
  • Is scalability given?
Carla Cargo Power Trailer
Carla Cargo Engineering
9%
heavy load bicycle trailer with overrun brake and e-bike motorisation
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Chargery
Chargery GmbH
7%
Chargery is a mobile charging service for electric cars in urban areas.
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Mobility of the future
door2door GmbH
2%
On-Demand public transport with door2door's mobility platform
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Wood 2.0
GREENBOATS
15%
Replacement of 100% petroleum-based plastics by 80% renewable raw materials.
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Mobilfalt = mobility+choice
Nordhessischer Verkehrsverbund
6%
Mobilfalt – from driver to chauffeur in local public transport
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NRGkick - mobile charging unit
DiniTech GmbH
4%
NRGkick enables charging of electric cars on any conventional power socket
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Radbahn - Innovation Corridor
paper planes e.V.
22%
Radbahn turns the space under Berlins famous U1 in a vibrant artery
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VELLO Bike+ with K.E.R.S.
VELLO GmbH
2%
VELLO Bike+ is an electric folding bike with self-charging technology (K.E.R.S.)
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Coradia iLint
Alstom
24%
CO2 emission-free train that runs with a fuel cell.
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We live 360° e-mobility
teamtechnik Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH
8%
Enabling sustainable e-mobility with our systems and living it since 2013.
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Resources & Recycling by Veolia

Description of the category

Recycling is the oldest environmental technology, but due to the scarcity of raw materials and climate change it is more relevant than ever. Innovative recycling deals with new questions: How are valuable wastes converted as completely as possible into secondary raw materials? How do you consider the potential for secondary recycling in the design of new products already? How do you manage to regain valuable raw materials that are difficult to separate, such as rare earths? How can new concepts such as Urban Mining and UpCycling be promoted?

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • How innovative is the idea? How well does it work? What improvements in recycling can be scored?
  • What is the value of the material to be recycled?
  • Does the topic of the project have an effect on the public? It is suitable as a flagship project?
3DProCar – process chain
IBG Automation GmbH
4%
A Process chain for the efficient utilization of recycled carbon fiber.
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Agbocycle – race the waste out
Enactus RUB
5%
A profitable and ecological alternative to burning the electronic waste
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The Mein-Recycling App
Pendula / Mein-Recycling
4%
The recycling app for businesses to easily manage recycling services online.
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Closed Aluminium loop
A|U|F e.V.
8%
Organisation of closed waste recycling processes in the aluminium construction.
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Grass Paper-the (r)evolution
creapaper GmbH
25%
Good news for all the trees in the world: we use grass to produce paper.
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Coffee grounds recycling
Kaffeeform UG
3%
A new material based on recycled coffee grounds
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Wet processing of bottom ash
MDSU Mitteldeutsche Schlacken Union GmbH & Co. KG
19%
Innovative and high-quality wet processing of incinerator bottom ash
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PET's regeneration technology
Petark
5%
PETARK transform used PET in pristine PET at low cost & environmentally friendly
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Deposit Cups for Coffee-to-Go
reCup GmbH
19%
RECUP is the sustainable alternative to disposable cups for coffee-to-go.
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Entrepreneurs tackle waste
Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP)
7%
An Indian Women Organisation turns industrial waste into a business opportunity
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Special Prize Start-up

Patron for the category Special Prize Start-up: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology

Description of the category

In 2018, the GreenTec Awards once again award the category Special Prize Start-up for young companies and initiatives. The aim of the Special Prize is to promote entrepreneurship and promising start-ups that contribute to environmental protection and resource conservation, as well as to support the winner project and it forward. Any application in one of the categories by companies younger than 3 years automatically and additionally qualify for the category Special Prize Start-up.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • What is the degree of innovation in the basic technology / service?
  • Is the balance between ecology and economy possible?
  • What is the commitment of the founders?
  • Is there any added value to support the start-up with the GreenTec Awards’ partner network?
Carla Cargo Power Trailer
Carla Cargo Engineering
9%
heavy load bicycle trailer with overrun brake and e-bike motorisation
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With kilobytes to less kWhs
Fresh Energy GmbH
11%
Fresh Energy is fighting power guzzlers: Eco-friendly, low-cost, data-driven.
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The Mein-Recycling App
Pendula / Mein-Recycling
5%
The recycling app for businesses to easily manage recycling services online.
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Energy from ocean waves
SINN Power GmbH
16%
Supplying an organic shrimp farm on Cape Verde with 100% renewable electricity.
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enteron solves sewage problems
tom logisch - exploring the world in a better way UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
5%
The smallest certified fully-biological sewage water treatment plant.
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Fairstainable Condoms
einhorn products GmbH
21%
Fair and sustainable produced Condoms, from resource extraction onward.
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kaputt.de - Repair Made Easy
kaputt.de GmbH
5%
We make sustainability easy, intuitive and lucrative.
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Sustainable Biofilm Prevention
HASYTEC Electronics GmbH
5%
Environmental friendly & sustainable prevention of biofilm, fouling & bacteria.
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Cultivating Peace
Conflictfood GmbH
12%
Unleash the peace-making potential of food culture.
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Future is living in a cube
CONTAINERWERK eins GmbH
11%
Conversion of used sea freight containers into living space.
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Sports by Jack Wolfskin

Patron for the category Sports by Jack Wolfskin: Olympiastützpunkt Berlin

Description of the category

Sport belongs to us. With sports we do ourselves and our bodies good. The concept of combining physical fitness and environmental protection, and extending the positive as a matter of course, is obvious. The enthusiasm for top sports and the popularity of athletes can help to promote sustainable issues. We are looking for creative concepts, ideas, products and projects in which not only the joy of sport is expressed, but also a contribution to environmental protection. Welcome are submissions from sports equipment, to sports facilities, operators and concepts, to examples of broad sports or top athletes with environmental initiatives. Athletes are exempted from the application fee.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • How innovative is the idea? To what extent does it differ from known approaches?
  • Does the project promote an active lifestyle?
  • Does the idea have a trend potential? Are there first ambassadors?
Solar powered winter sports
Solarskilift Tenna / Genossenschaft Skilift Tenna
7%
Solarskilift Tenna - first worldwide- Solar powered winter sports
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Stay charged outdoor
SunnyBAG GmbH
16%
The Leaf+ charges all devices on the go as strongest and lightest solar panel.
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Green Shape Core Collection
VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG
20%
#ecofair #multiuse #unique
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B2Run carbon-neutral running
Infront B2Run GmbH
8%
E.ON and B2Run make Germany's largest running series CO2 neutral
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LED floodlights
VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH
4%
Implementing of LED floodlights in the Volkswagen Arena
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Mission climate defender
1. FSV Mainz 05 e. V.
11%
implementing of the energy management system DIN EN ISO 50001
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Sun screen with added value
mawaii
8%
reef-friendly sunscreen protecting the skin and the environment
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Sportswear for body & mind
ROYAL BLUSH
8%
Ecological sports clothing that nourishes body & mind
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WaterRower & NOHrD
WaterRower GmbH
6%
Innovative, classy and eco-friendly sports- and fitnessequipment from wood.
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Zero Emissions Sport
Zero Emissions
11%
Focussing people upon enviromental protection with watersport projects since 09
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Sustainable Development

Patron for the category Sustainable Development: AWE – Agency for Business and Development

Description of the category

Climate change, natural disasters or epidemics are global challenges that can only be tackled through international cooperation and innovative solutions. This can be achieved together with the economy. We are looking for projects that contribute to improving the quality of life and climate change in developing regione and create prospects for the people. The entrepreneurial cooperation should offer solutions, be economically convincing, and contribute to an improvement in local, ecological conditions.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • Does the project offer an innovative approach?
  • To what extent does the project promote local value creation?
  • Can the project be implemented in a reasonable, realistic and sustainable manner in several relevant regions of the world?
  • Does the project help with self-help? What are the effects on established value-added chains?
TakaTaka Solutions
TakaTaka Solutions
4%
TakaTaka Solutions operates a circular economy waste management model.
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Restore 1bn degraded hectares
Land Life Company
23%
Combat desertification, a major symptom and an intensifier of climate change.
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BIO-LUTIONS
BIO-LUTIONS International AG
24%
Biodegradable Packaging - made of 100% Agrar Residuals.
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Energy from ocean waves
SINN Power GmbH
11%
Supplying an organic shrimp farm on Cape Verde with 100% renewable electricity.
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Fairstainable Condoms
einhorn products GmbH
12%
Fair and sustainable produced Condoms, from resource extraction onward.
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Rwandan Agricultural Project
TESVOLT GmbH
4%
Rwandan Agricultural Project – The world’s largest off-grid storage system.
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Lemonaid & ChariTea
Lemonaid Beverages GmbH
3%
Changing the world - drink by drink with organic lemonade and (ice) tea.
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Mobile Solar Plants
Multicon AG & Co. KG
7%
Development of mobile solar plants for rural electrification.
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Cultivating Peace
Conflictfood GmbH
6%
Unleash the peace-making potential of food culture.
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SUNfarming Food & Energy
SUNfarming GmbH
6%
Agro-solar greenhouses provide sustainable food, energy, jobs, education.
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Water

Description of the category

Clean water is a valuable resource and unfortunately still a luxury asset for millions of people. But not only do people need clean drinking water, but also in the areas of household, business and industry, we are dependent on it. Daily water consumption in Germany is around 123 liters per inhabitant. High-quality water supply, careful handling of water and environmentally sound wastewater are prerequisites for sustainable development worldwide. The GreenTec Awards honor projects that promote the responsible use of water, improve the treatment of drinking water and industrial water, as well as sewage water.

Evaluation criteria:

  • What is the contribution to the protection of the environment? Both the potential and the results achieved so far are evaluated.
  • How innovative is the project?
  • How is the cost-effectiveness and how much the administrative effort in the implementation of the idea? Is the idea scalable, therefore possibly transferable into other applications or usable in different markets?
  • Is the idea or the associated team suited to promote a more careful use of water?
Bathing Water from Wastewater
Erftverband
8%
Membrane Technology – Answers to environmental needs in wastewater treatment
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BESE Water Purification
ENEXIO Water Technologies GmbH
8%
Biodegradable elements as habitat for biological water purification systems
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Greenhouse waterproduction
Enactus Hochschule Bochum
25%
Roots Up is a greenhouse with it's own water-production in dry areas.
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GUPPYFRIEND Washing Bag
Stop Micro Waste gUG
3%
The GUPPYFRIEND Washing Bag prevents microfibers entering rivers and oceans.
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High-tech water filter
Unimatec Chemicals Europe GmbH
4%
A portable, light-weight water filter system in a flexible drinking water pouch
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Hydro Solution – clean water
Enactus Regensburg e.V.
21%
Providing drinking water in Africa in the long term through low cost waterfilter
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Refill Berlin water everywhere
Refill Berlin c/o a tip: tap e.V.
6%
Free tap water for everyone, everywhere and always
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Self-financed drinking water
betterECO GmbH
3%
Clean Water for rural areas, self-financed by exports of organic products
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Energy saving water treatment
Inversions-Technik GmbH
2%
Energy saving waste water treatment in pond treatment plants with OLOID-systems
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XPECTION wireless video nozzle
iPEK International GmbH
20%
Live video wireless technology applied to advanced sewer jetting tools
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