EU Sustainable Energy Awards: congratulations to the winners!
- TILOS Island: a renewable energy-based battery station and smart microgrid on a remote Greek island.
- Sinbio: a biomass boiler in rural Slovakia.
- Home Energy Saving Kit: a scheme that lends out home energy saving kits in Ireland.
- Celsius – Smart District Energy: a project developing energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems in 65 European cities.
What do these have in common? They have been chosen by expert judges as winners of the Energy Islands, Businesses, Consumers and Public Sector categories respectively of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards! Moreover, after a public online vote, the TILOS project also received the Citizens' Award. All the awards were presented this evening by European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete at a ceremony in Brussels.
All twelve finalists were of high quality, but the judges explained their reasons for their final choices.
- TILOS Island, which aims to transform the island of Tilos' access to renewable energy, sends a very strong message that alternative, community-level schemes that foster energy storage are becoming a viable reality and a way to address energy security for islands.
- Sinbio, which converts local straw, hay and woody material into renewable energy, shows that the energy transition is not a purely political or policy issue, but rather something much closer to citizens, inevitably changing the way we live and think for the better.
- Home Energy Saving Kit, which helps householders save energy, stands out for its closeness to citizens and for its educational dimension. This initiative empowers consumers, and makes them feel part of the energy transition.
- Celsius – Smart District Energy, which is developing energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems, brings together 66 municipalities in 15 EU countries. It engages small and large scale industries and unites academics and end-user groups.