The evaluation of the competition entries will take into account, in particular, the following factors:

1. How well the proposed solution will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the proportion of renewable sources of energy, save energy, and/or improve energy efficiency. The solution may effectuate, for example, the following objectives:

  • A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • A reduction in primary energy consumption
  • A reduction in our dependence on fossil energy
  • The advancement of bioenergy supply chains
  • The promotion of biogas and bio-based fuels
  • The promotion of wind energy
  • The promotion of solar energy
  • An increase in the use of other renewable fuels
  • The promotion of the entry of renewable energy into the market
  • An improvement in the efficiency of energy final consumption
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy-efficient public acquisitions
  • Increased energy awareness of municipalities and residents
  • An energy-effective and sustainable community structure
  • An increase in cycling and walking
  • The promotion of public transportation
  • A reduction in private motor traffic emissions
  • The facilitation of transfer to low-emission vehicles
  • The improvement of logistics
  • The development of remote work opportunities
  • A commitment to a specific energy efficiency agreement or energy programme
  • The promotion of environmentally-friendly modes of transportation

2. How well the solution supports and improves energy security, employment and general well-being. The solution may effectuate, for example, the following objectives:

  • Improved employment and balanced regional development
  • The promotion of local and regional business and corporate productivity
  • Support for local and regional physical and knowledge infrastructure
  • Improved local and regional energy security
  • Equitable availability of services
  • The strengthening of local and regional human resources
  • Improvements in work wellness and the quality of working life
  • Better quality of life, health and security

3. How well the solution will lead to concrete changes in the daily actions and practices of the municipalities and their residents. The solution may effectuate, for example, the following objectives:

  • Degree of innovation in terms of curbing climate change
  • Degree of innovation in terms of energy and environmental technology
  • Long-term changes in daily practices
  • The innovative use of regional, subregional and local resources
  • Social innovativeness of the solution
  • Economic or social benefits
  • Opportunities to influence one’s own work

4. How well the solution supports networking and how easily municipalities can take it into broad use. The solution may effectuate, for example, the following objectives:

  • Increased exploitation of existing networks
  • Interadministrative and cross-sectoral networking
  • Interfaces with subregional, territorial, national and regional strategies, programmes and initiatives
  • Dialogue among different administrative strata
  • Co-operation between regions
  • International networking
  • Environmental system or comparable
  • Audibility of the voices of young people