Context and aim
The EUSALP Energy Award is an initiative of the EUSALP Action Group 9, initiated under the umbrella of the Italian EUSALP Presidency 2022. The award is financially supported by the Technical Assistance Fund of the European Commission, DG Regio.
The Alps are a sensitive environment in which the impacts of global warming are proceeding rapidly. Mountain regions are even more affected by phenomena related to climate change. The decarbonization of the energy sector through solutions that enhance energy efficiency and the roll-out of renewable energy are necessary to mitigate climate change. The geographic and structural characteristics of the Alps provide good potential to make the Alpine region a European “Model region for renewable energies and energy efficiency” as envisaged by the European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) Action Plan of the European Union (EU).
The EUSALP Energy Award recognizes best practices that are contributing to the implementation of the energy transition in the Alpine area through the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The energy transition can only succeed if all stakeholders participate in it, because energy can be saved everywhere!
EUSALP Energy Award 2022: Citizen activation and participation in the energy transition
The award edition 2022 honours activities and projects of citizens, municipalities, start-ups, established companies, research institutions and NGOs that are exemplary for citizens’ involvement in the energy transition. The jury welcomes proposals in the following fields of action:
1. Communication and awareness-raising towards citizens
2. Participatory approaches to roll out energy efficiency and renewable energies on the local, regional, national and transnational level
3. Innovative financing models to support the energy transition and citizens’ involvement
An international experts’ jury selects the submitted projects in 2022 for the first time. The winners will be invited to an international awarding ceremony in Bolzano/Bozen on 11 October during the EUSALP Energy Conference (further information to be found on the EUSALP website).