Der österreichische Klimaschutzpreis 2017, Projekt: Bessere Akkus für saubere Mobilität, Kreisel Electric GmbH aus Rainbach im Mühlkreis (OÖ), Kat: Unternehmen Energiewende. Im Bild von links: Andrä Rupprechter, Walter Kreisel, Gernot Friedhuber, Christian Schlögl, Philipp Kreisel, Markus Kreisel, Johann Kreisel, Siemens Geeneraldirektor Wolfgang Hesoun, Alexander Wrabetz. Foto: ORF/Thomas Jantzen.

On 13 November, Environment Minister Andrä Rupprechter and ORF Director-General Alexander Wrabetz honored the country’s best climate protection projects. Ten years of the Austrian Climate Protection Award were celebrated, which was again awarded in five categories this year.

Kreisel Electric wins in the “Energy Transition Companies” category

Kreisel Electric from Rainbach, Austria, is known as a pioneer in the field of batteries for electric mobility. The company’s main product is a particularly powerful battery for electric or hybrid vehicles, which stands out from the market due to its low weight and high capacity. This battery, which extends range and improves durability, helps environmentally friendly e-vehicles become more competitive compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines and find greater acceptance among consumers. This will make it easier for electric mobility to continue growing its market share and thus – provided it is supplied with electricity from renewable energy sources – make an important contribution both to increasing energy efficiency and decarbonizing the transport sector, and thus ultimately to climate protection.

Nominated by the jury – chosen by the audience

From 173 submitted projects, a jury of experts, supported by experts from the climate protection initiative “klimaaktiv”, selected the best projects, which then faced public appraisal. In the “Energy Turnaround Companies” category, the winner was determined exclusively by the jury. It was possible to vote via telephone, the website and Facebook. 25,700 valid votes show how great the public’s interest in climate protection is. Over 370 guests from business, research, politics, culture and the media celebrated the 2017 Climate Protection Award winners.

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Photos: (c) ORF / Thomas Jantzen