More than 350 submissions – more than ever before – entered the contest for this year's coveted Federal Ecodesign Award. Some 160 entries have been pre-selected by the team of experts from the German Environment Agency and the project's panel of experts. The entries were presented to the jury at the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum) in Berlin on 10 October 2016. After long deliberations in consideration of the four competition categories Product, Service, Concept and Young Talent, the jury has nominated 26 projects from the categories Product, Concept and Young Talent for the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016.
Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter emphasised the great feedback to the Award, saying: "The number and quality of submissions over the past five years are evidence that the German Federal Ecodesign Award has become an important factor in the promotion of sustainable design."
Vice-President Thomas Holzmann of the German Environment Agency was equally pleased at the response, saying: "Since the first round of this competition five years ago, the number of entries which are already on the market in the category Product has increased many times over. That is proof for us that ecodesign and the Federal Ecodesign Award are known on the market."
The Federal Ministry for Environment and the Federal Environment Agency have awarded the Federal Ecodesign Award every year since 2012 with the cooperation of the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ). The prize is addressed to businesses in all industries and of all sizes. Start-ups or market leader, local vendors or global players: all are welcome, as are designers and marketing agencies, architects and engineers. This year's prizes will be awarded in the categories Product, Service, Concept and Young Talent.
Werner Aisslinger (product designer)
Prof. Anna Berkenbusch (communications designer, Professor at University of Art and Design Halle)
Andreas Detzel (Environmental expert, ifeu, Heidelberg)
Prof. Matthias Held (Product designer, Professor at University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd- HfG)
Dr. Thomas Holzmann (Vice-President, German Environment Agency)
Prof. em. Günter Horntrich (Product designer, emeritus Professor for Design and Ecology, KISD)
Dr. Claudia Perren (Architect, Director, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB)
Prof. Friederike von Wedel-Parlow (Fashion designer, Professor at ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion)
More about the jury: bundespreis-ecodesign.de/en/wettbewerb/2016/jury.html
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