Brussels, 12th April 2011
GreenLight, GreenBuilding and Motor Challenge EU awards: 25 energy efficient winners in 14 countries
There are 25 winners from 14 countries across the three categories featured in this year's edition of the energy efficiency awards managed by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science arm. These award schemes are part of three JRC programmes aiming to encourage organisations in both public and private sectors to cut energy consumption by using innovative and energy efficient technologies. Under the GreenLight programme, the winners include the Delhaize supermarket chain (Belgium), which reduced its annual energy consumption for lighting across more than 130 supermarkets by a total of over 20 000 Megawatt hours (MWh), a 60% reduction. Typically, a household consumes 4 MWh per year. Under GreenBuilding, one of the best refurbishment projects, Alfred Arnold Verladesysteme (Germany), has achieved over 78% energy savings in its office and workshop building, while the new Vasakronan AB Riga 2 office building (Sweden), has pared back consumption to only 40% of that allowed by law. In the third category, Motor Challenge, SATA Fiat group (Italy), obtained energy savings of nearly 15 000 MWh in its production plants (car painting). The three programmes between them save more than 837 000 MWh of electricity each year – roughly equivalent to the total consumption of all households in Luxembourg
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: "I congratulate the award winners. By applying innovative technologies to boost energy efficiency, they are benefitting both themselves and society in general. Energy efficiency is key to tackling climate change but it is also a prerequisite for unlocking sustainable growth and jobs, reducing dependency on oil and gas imports and moving towards renewables. That is why energy efficiency is one of our top priorities under both current and future EU research and innovation programmes. I am proud of the work the JRC is doing on energy efficiency, not just with this award scheme but also with its wide range of initiatives providing industry and consumers with guidance on the best available technologies in this field and its assessment of energy efficiency policies, an invaluable input to EU policy making."
More than 1 000 participants throughout Europe have voluntarily taken part in these three programmes. Award criteria are based on both innovation and energy efficiency (i.e. energy saving technologies used and the sector they belong to: public buildings, retail, offices…)
GreenLight encourages partners to install energy-efficient lighting technologies and systems, whilst GreenBuilding promotes improved energy efficiency through several measures such as thermal insulation, efficient heating and cooling, intelligent control systems, photovoltaic (solar) panels etc.
The Motor Challenge programme aims at saving energy by making electric motor systems (such as pumps, compressors, fans and variable speed drives) operate more efficiently. These systems are currently responsible for about 60% of industrial electricity consumption.
The award ceremony will take place today in Brussels at the exhibition area of the "EU Sustainable Energy Week” (JRC stand) in the Charlemagne building located in Rue de la Loi 170, starting at 15:45h.
The jury was composed of Barbara Cuniberti, an architect specialised on energy efficiency in buildings; Marion Elle, an energy efficiency expert and the JRC programme manager Paolo Bertoldi.
Winners GreenLight Award 2011
Winners GreenBuilding Award 2011
Category new building
Winners Motor Challenge Program Award 2011
GreenLight, GreenBuilding and Motor Challenge Programs website:
The European GreenLight Programme - Efficient Lighting Project Implementation - Catalogue 2005-2009 (published in 2011):
The European GreenBuilding Projects Catalogue - January 2006-June 2010 (2011):
2010 winners of the GreenLight and GreenBuilding programmes: IP/11/424