15th German
Sustainability Award.

On 1 and 2 December 2022 at the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf, it was all be about the finalists and winners of the competitions and appreciation for different ways to reach the common goal.

Great stage for the best.

On 1 December, the awards for sustainable design were presented – on 2 December the 15th German Sustainability Award was presented in different categories.

The GSA award ceremonies are independent, distinctive event formats. Especially in a year of crisis, they throve on a good balance of relevant content and emotional moments.

This year, the guests at both awards ceremonies again included personalities from business, politics, culture, sport and the media - shapers of transformation and important multipliers for the idea of sustainable development. Prominent laudators presented the awards. Musical highlights rounded off the official programme.

Excerpt from the guest list 2008 – 2021

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz opened the anniversary celebrations on 2 December with around 1,000 guests and 100 media representatives. Among the guests on stage for the GSA award ceremony for this year's competition winners were H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, researchers Prof. Antje Boetius and Prof. Michael Braungart, Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen and French singer Zaz. Top chef and book author Josita Hartanto provided the vegan dinner. The after-show in the foyers was provided by DJs and live musicians.  

On 1 December, the GSA Design was awarded to Germany's leading product designers in a similar setting. Guests on stage included science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, futurologist Matthias Horx, supermodel Toni Garrn and musician Leslie Clio.

The highlights of the 15th GSA.

Who are the pioneers of transformation, what are the best concepts for urgent sustainable change? For the 15th time, the best were honoured in modernly designed award ceremonies on 1 and 2 December 2022 in Düsseldorf. In addition to the winners of the competitions, honorary awards were also presented to well-known personalities who bring the topic closer to society through their charisma.

The honorary awards of the anniversary year.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Cradle to Cradle founder Prof. Michael Braungart, supermodel Toni Garrn, French singer Zaz and singer-songwriter Michael Patrick Kelly were presented with honorary awards on 1 and 2 December.

Fürst Albert II. Zaz Toni Garrn Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart Michael Patrick Kelly

Top politicians as guests of the GSA.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz opened the anniversary celebrations on 2 December. Among those present at the awards ceremony for last year's competition winners were President of the German Bundestag Bärbel Bas, President of the German Bundesrat Dr. Peter Tschentscher and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. On 1 December, the GSA Design was awarded to Germany's leading designers in a similar setting.

GSA Design presented for the third time.

On 1 December 2022, particularly sustainable products, systems and services were awarded the German Sustainability Award Design for the third time. The winners cover all areas of life and offer sustainable alternatives. Honorary awards were presented to Cradle to Cradle founder Prof. Michael Braungart and top model Toni Garrn. The band Reiche Söhne and Leslie Clio accompanied the evening with musical interludes.

All winners at a glance.

The competitions for the 15th German Sustainability Award were carried out in a difficult economic situation. Numerous companies, start-ups, agencies, designers and architects submitted their unique and innovative contributions to sustainable change. On 1 and 2 December 2022, the best were honoured in Düsseldorf.

Entertainment shows attitude.

In 2022, well-known musicians also supported social and ecological causes at the DNT and accompanied the two award ceremonies with musical interludes. Leslie Clio and the up-and-coming band Reiche Söhne from Leipzig provided entertainment at the Design Award Ceremony on 1 December, while Michael Patrick Kelly, Zaz, star violinist Tianwa Yang and Andrew Roachfors of "Mike & the Mechanics" performed at the 15th Award Ceremony on 2 December.

15 years of great names at the GSA.

With the honorary awards, the German Sustainability Award honours personalities from politics, film and music in front of a large audience. They are all united by their commitment to sustainability issues and their charisma. They create awareness - and help the winners of the competitions achieve greater reach.

Sustainable Set.

Right from the start, the set design of the awards ceremony relies on projections, the intelligent use of media and a simple screen made of recycled PET bottles. The podium and all wooden elements are stored and reused. State-of-the-art LED light and projection technology save energy and resources.