The deadline for contest submissions is 15 July 2015. Any enterprise which produces goods or services that bear the Blue Angel is eligible for entry. This year the Jury is paying special attention to positive environmental and climate protection effects which result from corporate commitment to the Blue Angel.
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said: "The companies whose products bear the Blue Angel have used the ecolabel to steadily improve the environmental scorecard of their products. This prize is meant to acknowledge companies with a high level of commitment and to persuade even more producers to label their products with the Blue Angel. The Blue Angel has been a reliable indicator of green products and services to consumers for over 35 years.”
Maria Krautzberger, President of the Federal Environment Agency, said: "The Blue Angel Prize 2015 distinguishes companies which have made exemplary contributions to protecting the environment and climate with their Blue Angel products or services. Products which have the Blue Angel ecolabel put less strain on the environment and climate, for example because they are especially energy-saving, or reduce soil, water, or air emissions to the greatest extent possible, or have an exceptionally long service life."
The Blue Angel prize is being awarded for the fourth year in a row. Nominees and winners of the contest are selected by the German Sustainability Award jury, which represents industry, research, environmental associations, and government. The award ceremony for the Blue Angel Prize will take place on German Sustainability Day 2015 on 27 November in Düsseldorf.
Companies are invited to submit their applications at www.blauer-engel-preis.de.
About the Blue Angel ecolabel
The Blue Angel is currently on about 12,000 products made by 1,500 companies in some 120 different product groups. Go to www.blauer-engel.de to see all the products and award criteria.
Independence and credibility is guaranteed by the Environmental Label Jury, the Federal Ministry for Environment, the Federal Environment Agency and RAL gGmbH. Members of the Environmental Label Jury include representatives of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), the Main Association of German Retail Trade (HDE), NABU Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv), German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), Stiftung Warentest, media, churches, science, the German Association of Towns and Cities, and the German Länder.
Previous "Blue Angel Prize" winners
Heller-Leder GmbH (2013)
J.W.Ostendorf GmbH & Co. KG (2012)