Joint press release of the German Environment Agency and the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Who has the best ecodesign in Germany?

20 submissions nominated – award presentation on 27 November

Gruppenbild der 10 Jurymitglieder vor dem Kunstgewerbemuseum BerlinClick to enlarge
Jury meeting for German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017
Source: IDZ | Kühnapfel Fotografie

On 11 September a panel jury of environmental and design experts made the nominations for this year's Bundespreis Ecodesign (German Ecodesign Award). Twenty submissions in the areas of architecture, energy, nutrition, home living, interior design, mobility and fashion can now hope to receive an award at an awards ceremony to be held 27 November. This is the sixth year that the Federal Ministry for Environment and the German Environment Agency are awarding the prize for outstanding examples of ecodesign. It is Germany's highest distinction in this area and is sought after as the "Oscar for ecodesign".

A total of 324 entries were received this year, submitted by companies, design and marketing agencies, architects and engineering firms, researchers and students. 129 entries made it into the final round after a pre-selection by a panel of experts of the Advisory Council and the German Environment Agency. An interdisciplinary jury then nominated 20 finalists in the four categories “Product”, “Service”, “Concept” and “Young Design”. Click on to view an online exhibition of the submissions.

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB), on this year's competition: “I am glad that the Ecodesign Award has taken hold. There were once again many high-quality entries in this year’s round. I was impressed by the emphasis on longevity in many of the entries. Long service life is a key ecological goal.”

“What I especially like this year is that more projects in the Service category made it to the final round. In addition to products with good ecodesign, innovative services are also key in the digital transformation and for a green economy“, enthused UBA Vice-President Dr. Thomas Holzmann.

The German Federal Ecodesign Award is a distinction awarded for products, services and concepts which are exemplary in terms of their ecological quality, innovative approach and high level of design quality. The Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety have awarded the Bundespreis Ecodesign every year since 2012 in collaboration with International Design Center Berlin (IDZ) Berlin.

This year's Ecodesign Award jury

  • Werner Aisslinger (product designer)
  • Prof. Anna Berkenbusch (communications designer, Professor at ESMOD Berlin)
  • Andreas Detzel (environmental expert, ifeu Heidelberg)
  • Prof. Matthias Held (product designer, Professor at the University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd)
  • Dr. Thomas Holzmann (Vice-President, German Environment Agency)
  • Prof. em. Günter Horntrich (product designer, Professor (em.) for Design and Ecology at KISD)
  • Dr. Claudia Perren (architect, Director of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)
  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Environment)
  • Prof. Friederike von Wedel-Parlow (fashion designer, Professor at ESMOD Berlin)


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