In the foreground during the evaluation process are innovation, design quality and environmental characteristics. Repercussions on everyday culture and consumer behaviour are also taken into consideration. Thereby, the full product life cycle – from the preliminary stages of production through to actual production, distribution and use, as well as end of life – are all given due attention.

Criteria Matrix

The criteria matrix serves as a basis for the evaluation and provides orientation for candidates in the presentation of their competition entries. It is not to be understood as a checklist. The significance of the various ecological aspects differ from project to project, and it is therefore not a requirement for all points of the matrix to be explicitly included.


Criteria Matrix DIN A1, (PDF, 435.56 kB)
Criteria Matrix DIN A4, (PDF, 58.46 kB)

The examination and assessment of submissions is a multistage process.

Evaluation by the expert panel

All competition submissions that meet eligibility requirements will be passed on to an expert panel, which will undertake an assessment of the ecological and design quality on the basis of the submitted documents as well as make a preselection from all submissions. The expert panel is composed of specialists from the Federal Environment Agency and members of the project advisory board. Following preselection, all participants that have been approved for the next stage of the competition are invited to submit their entries for presentation at the jury session.

Jury session

The interdisciplinary jury undertakes an evaluation of submissions and selects the nominees and award winners. A number of prizes can be awarded in each category. The prizes are on equal footing - there is no first, second and third place in the German Federal Ecodesign Award. The presentation of the submissions will also be open to the public after the session.

Please note: The application must be done in the German language.


Since 2012, the German Federal Ecodesign Award has been granted annually by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) in cooperation with the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ).


Terms & Timeline

Our timeline gives you an overview of all deadlines and dates for the German Federal Ecodesign Award - from the call for entries to the award ceremony.

Terms & Timeline