Evaluation procedures and criteria

The examination and assessment of submissions is a multistage process. 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.

The criteria matrix was jointly developed by the BMU, UBA and IDZ and provides a detailed description of the most important parameters for ecological design throughout the product life cycle. This 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.

The application form for submissions principally contains three questions. These concern the degree of innovation, the environmental benefits and the communicative positioning of submissions. It is important to clearly identify the level of innovation and design, as well as the environmental quality, and to set out the differences and advantages over the equivalent product or status quo.

1. Formal evaluation

After the expiration of the application deadline, all submissions are thoroughly reviewed for completeness and for their fulfilment of participation requirements. Any additionally required information will be requested from the participants.

2. 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.

3. Adjudication

In a first step, the interdisciplinary jury undertakes an evaluation of submissions and selects the nominees. The winners are determined in a second step. A number of prizes can be awarded in each category.

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