Federal Government honors energy efficiency networks

More than 1,600 companies throughout Germany are already active in energy efficiency. As a signatory, ZVEI supports the joint initiative of the German government and industry to establish and implement around 500 new energy efficiency networks by 2020.

The four award-winning networks are: "EVU-Energieeffizienznetzwerk II" (sponsored by envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG), "Ökoprofit Klub 2017/18" (sponsored by the City of Munich), "GlasNET 2.0" (sponsored by Bundesverband Glasindustrie e. V.) and "Energieeffizienznetzwerk Dresden 2" (sponsored by Sächsische Energieagentur SAENA GmbH).

On 9 April 2018, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety jointly awarded companies from all over Germany for their successful participation in the Energy Efficiency Networks initiative. Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, and Berthold Goeke, Head of the Climate Protection Department of the Federal Environment Ministry, presented awards to the representatives of 60 companies from four successful networks, which will continue their cooperation in a second round, together with Martin Wansleben, General Manager of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). The award-winning networks include the "EVU-Energieeffizienznetzwerk II" of Envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG and the "Energieeffizienznetzwerk Dresden 2" of the Sächsische Energieagentur Saena GmbH. The award ceremony took place during the annual event of the initiative, which took place in Berlin on 9 April with around 300 participants from business and politics.

The Energy Efficiency Networks initiative is part of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAPE) and thus of the Climate Protection 2020 action program and is supported by the German government and 22 industry associations and organizations. Since the start of the Energy Efficiency Networks initiative in December 2014, more than 160 networks with the participation of over 1,600 companies have already started their work nationwide.

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