Brandes – Colombia

Swiss Partners

Brandes Energie AG, Zürich
Charlotte Spörndli

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Energy efficiency



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Swiss Contribution

Brandes Energie AG was founded in 1995 and has been active in the energy sector ever since, with a focus on Energiestadt. The office of the European Energy Award (eea) has been managed by Brandes Energie since 2001. This Energiestadt know-how, which has been built up over 20 years, will be made available in this project to the actors involved in Latin America in order to set up an equivalent platform. Brandes Energie has been a leading partner both in the development of the Energiestadt methodology and in the development and management of the European Energy Award.


The project builds on the very successful Swiss instrument for sustainable energy and climate policy in cities and communities: Energiestadt (or European Energy Award). The European Energy Award has been developed based on the Swiss instrument Energiestadt in 2001 and has since been exported to currently about 18 European and 5 non-European countries (some still in pilot phases), making it a true ‘Swiss export hit’.

The aim of the project is to set-up a sustainable network of several Latin American countries working with the CE programme – the ‘Latin American Energy Award (LAEA)’ (working title) network. The network shall allow for exchange of experiences between the national CE programme leaders, joint learning, tapping of synergies and mutual strengthening of the national CE programmes/offices. At the end of the project, the network shall be institutionalized and have the necessary know-how and funding to continue in the long-term.


The official launch of the network took place in November 2022 in Santiago de Chile. The website and corporate design, incl. logo, of the RED LACE is in place. With OLADE (Organización Latinoamericana de Energía) an additional and extremely valuable partner for the network could be enlisted already. The current emphasis of the network is more strongly oriented towards the general collaboration of country programs for municipalities and is not yet as prominently focused on the eea/Energiestadt methodology.