The socio-economic benefits of energy savings have been highlighted in the run-up to decisions on the EU Energy Efficiency Directive with a national multi-media competition organised by Friends of the Earth Hungary.
People across Hungary were invited to submit creative ideas in a variety of media formats to illustrate the exciting, sexy and fun side to energy efficiency. Videos, posters, cartoons and music were created by nearly 80 applications and the winners were announced today.
The winning entry was the video 'Electro- ninjas' by Fábry Balint which features a crack team of energy ninjas who go around turning off appliances, changing light bulbs, and engaging in a range of energy saving measures.
In second place was the song 'Please let me help' by Zsuffa Aba, while third prize went to Fannie Rennesson, Lauren Groves and Magda Sedmikova for a 'spot the difference' poster showing several simple energy savings measures. Prizes included electronics gift cards and solar chargers.
Negotiations on the EU Energy efficiency directive provide a crucial opportunity to highlight the benefits of energy savings. At the end of February the European Parliament's Energy Committee (ITRE) will vote on whether Europe should be legally bound to deliver its target of 20% energy savings by 2020.
This vote will have a significant impact on the future of energy in Europe including on savings in fuel bills and CO2 emission cuts.