Three energy efficiency and renewable energy projects from Spain, the United Kingdom and Austria have won the prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Europe Awards for their innovative, consumer-empowering ideas.
Speaking at the award ceremony, which was held on 16 June 2015, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, said that the winners were chosen for representing unique ideas which put the consumer at the centre of the energy system, in line with the EU's plans for Energy Union.
- The Desendolla't Project in Vic, Spain, is an energy efficiency project which has achieved a 21% energy saving in 27 schools in just two years. The project involves the use of smart meters and remote central heating, alongside workshops on better management techniques. The energy savings made translated into a cost saving of €281,000.
- The Co-operative Energy's User Chooser project in Warwick, the UK, allows energy consumers to select the type of energy they prefer –from solar to wind– and even decide on a specific site, such as a wind farm in Cumbria or a solar farm in Somerset. Some 68% of electricity produced by this project is renewable, compared to the UK supplier average of 17%.
- The EcoGator from Vienna, Austria - is a smartphone app which builds on the EU's energy efficiency labels. The app scans an energy efficiency label on a product such as a fridge and provides shoppers a traffic light rating system which compares the product with other similar products on the market. The project aims to save a total of 1.95 TWh by 2020.
For more information on EUSEW 2015, please visit the BUILD UP’s guide to the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015.