December 18, 2015
IFAT 2016 Gala Night
Start of online voting for the GreenTec Awards
In just under six months it will be time for the presentation of the GreenTec Awards in the IFAT Gala Night in Munich. The next edition of the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management takes place from May 30 to June 3, 2016 in Munich—the GreenTec Awards will be presented on May 29, 2016, i.e. on the evening before the opening of IFAT. But already the process of deciding upon the winners has started.
As of December 8 votes can be cast online on the website of the GreenTec Awards and on the websites of ProSieben/Galileo, WirtschaftsWoche Green and many other partners. Voting ends on January 13, 2016, and then we’ll know who is in the running to win Europe’s most prestigious environmental and business awards.
One of three nominees in each category is decided upon by online voting. The GreenTec Awards 2016 go to the most innovative and sustainable projects in a total of 17 categories. The hopefuls for the 2016 awards have submitted their entries in the categories of Automobility, Construction & Living, Energy, Green Office by KYOCERA, Lifestyle, Aviation, Production, Recycling & Resources, Travel, Water & Sewage and for the special prizes, the Galileo Knowledge Award, Start-up and the WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award. Projects were also nominated in the categories of Bike, Communication and Urbanization by the respective sponsors for these categories. In the Music category the winner is chosen by the sponsor, so this category is not a part of the online voting. The special prize, the WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award is being held this year for the first time in cooperation with ProSieben/Galileo and the WWF. It is open to young people, aged 14 to 20, who make a significant contribution to the protection of nature and the environment. The winner of this special prize is decided upon exclusively via online voting, it is therefore an audience prize.
In all the categories, the project that attracts the most online votes automatically goes through to the next round as one of the three nominees for the GreenTec Awards in the respective category. The other two nominees are chosen by a jury of experts. From these three candidates, the jury will pick the winner in each category, in a jury session taking place on February 24, 2016. The jury, composed of around 60 representatives from business, industry, politics and entertainment, selects the winning entries based upon criteria such as: how innovative the project is, its contribution to environmental protection, cost-effectiveness, long-term application possibilities and media appeal.