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

Prof. Anna Berkenbusch, Jury Chair

The German Federal Ecodesign Award recognises sustainable products, services and concepts which are outstanding in their design. Since 2012, the German Federal Ecodesign Award has been granted annually by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU )and the German Environment Agency (UBA) in cooperation with the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ). The registration deadline for this year's competition expired on April 6, the award will be launched again in early 2021.


»We won the Ecodesign Award at a time when we were still building up and investing in our company. It was greatly motivating. An award like this is a huge feather in our cap, not least because it’s from an institution that we know is taking a deeper look at the overall process and not just handing out prizes to anybody. They have to be genuinely excited about the product. This award means that you have passed the litmus test.«

Andreas Spieß, Solarkiosk GmbH, Winner 2013 in the category service


The interdisciplinary jury of the German Federal Ecodesign Award is comprised of designers and environmental experts.


Competition Categories

Participation requirements

The German Federal Ecodesign Award is aimed at companies in all sectors and of all sizes, as well as individual designers. Start-ups or market leaders, local providers or global players are all addressed equally, alongside design studios, marketing agencies and architectural- or engineering offices. It is essential that the submitted product is available on the German market, or in the case of services and concepts that they are oriented towards this market. International companies are also permitted to participate in the competition under these premises. In the Young Talent category, the competition is open to students and graduates who have completed their studies no more than three years previously (cut-off date is the opening day for submissions, 13 January 2020).

To ensure that the competition process meets the highest possible environmental standards, the application and administration process takes place exclusively online. Special arrangements are possible if online procedures represent an obstacle for any particular participant.

Participants can submit numerous applications; for each of these, a separate application form must be completed and the corresponding fee paid.

Applications are to be completed in the German language. The questions on the application form must be answered truthfully and all required image and text materials must be provided in full. Only applications that are submitted in a prompt and correct fashion will be permitted to take part in the competition process. The Terms & Conditions listed on this website will apply. The online application must be completed in full by the application deadline at the latest (at 23:59h on 6 April 2020).