Award

»For designers and companies, the requirement for good design alongside ecologically compatible production makes this award a singular brand.«

Prof. Anna Berkenbusch, Jury

The German Ecodesign Award honours designers, companies and students from Germany and Europe who use design to solve the problems that matter. The award has been granted annually since 2012 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German Environment Agency in cooperation with the International Design Center Berlin.

The four phases of the competition:

The competition can be divided into four phases:
(1) The call for entries,
(2) the preliminary evaluation by the panel of experts,
(3) the jury meeting with accompanying exhibition and
(4) the award ceremony at the Federal Ministry for the Environment.

At Terms you can find this year's dates for the competition and find out which phase it is currently in.

More information on the participation conditions and stations of the Award can be found on the following pages:

From sustainable consumer goods to thoughtful rental systems, repair services and technical innovations in the areas of housing and mobility - our winners demonstrate a range of ideas that are helping to shape the shift towards a sustainable society.

They include Too Good To Go (2017), Everwave (2016), kaputt.de (2017), Engel Sports GmbH (2015), Radbahn U1 (2015), Coboc GmbH (2012) and SOLARKIOSK (2013).

Learn more about our winners:

Sometimes it takes a long time for a vision to become a success story. We tell you about the development of selected award-winning projects.

Stories

Around 300 projects have been awarded the German Ecodesign Award so far. Here you can find all nominated and awarded projects since 2012.

All winners

Criteria of good eco-design:

A central goal of Ecodesign is to design products, services and systems in such a way that their negative impact on the environment is minimised in all phases of life. Our Criteria Matrix and the Ecodesign Kit provide orientation on the most important principles, possible assessment methods and tools for ecological design.

Criteria Matrix

to the criteria

Ecodesign Kit

To the Ecodesign Kit