Climate Alliance well-presented amongst EU Sustainable Energy Award winners

A high-level jury has decided: both the bioenergy park project of the Climate Alliance community of Saerbeck and the European project Peace_Alps were awarded an EU Sustainable Energy Award on 5 June 2018 by Commissioner Cañete during the EUSEW Week in Brussels. The Upper Austrian state capital and Climate Alliance city of Linz made it onto the shortlist.

The jury of experts honoured Saerbeck's bioenergy park in the Consumer category. "With this award, we now also have confirmation at European level that we are on the right track," commented Mayor Roos on the award. "At the same time, the event is an important stage on which Saerbeck can present itself prominently."

The Climate Alliance project Peace_Alps, which supports municipalities in the alpine region to pool local energy and climate efforts, received an award in the public sector category. “The award shows how significant supra-regional cooperation, joint solutions and mutual learning are,” explains Katrin Jürisch, Peace_Alps Project Manager at Climate Alliance. "Such cooperative approaches enable municipalities to master key challenges in the areas of energy retrofitting, energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change.”

This year’s European Sustainable Energy Awards saw twelve finalists competing for five awards in the categories consumers, public sector, businesses, young energy leaders and a special citizen’s award, resulting from public voting. These annual awards honour a commitment to sustainable energy, energy security and energy efficiency and form major pillar of the EU’s annual Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference.

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News piece originally posted 5 June 2018; last updated 8 June 2018