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The competition has been running for 23 years – it was launched in 1987 as the European Better Environment Awards for Industry – and is an indication of businesses’ strong interest in taking care of the environment and increased awareness of the benefits this offers. Participation is open to companies from all EU Member States and candidate countries.

Participation is open to companies from all EU Member States and candidate countries. Companies must first take part in their national award schemes – organised every year throughout Europe – to be become eligible for the European Business Awards for the Environment. Submission of entries to the European awards competition is managed by national coordinating bodies.

2012 a record high of 156 entries was received from 24 countries.

 

A history of rewarding green innovation:
1987 to 2012

 
                 
 

1987
Launch of the European Better Environment Awards for Industry (EBEAFI) on the occasion of the European Year of the Environment

1988
First Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: Brussels

1989
Second Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: London

1990
Third Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: Paris

 
               
 

1998
Seventh Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: Leeuwarden

1996
Sixth Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: Dublin

1994
Fifth Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: Copenhagen

1992
Fourth Better Environment Awards for Industry ceremony: Seville

 
               
 

2000
Renaming of the European Better Environment Award for Industry and First European Awards for the Environment ceremony: Brussels

2002
Second European Awards for the Environment ceremony: Budapest

2004
Third European Business* Awards for the Environment ceremony: Brussels, as part of Green Week 2004

 

2006
Fourth European Business Awards for the Environment ceremony: Brussels

 
               
     

2012
Seventh European Business Awards for the Environment ceremony: Brussels, as part of Green Week 2012

 

2010
Sixth European Business Awards for the Environment ceremony: Brussels, as part of Green Week 2010

2008
Fifth European Business Awards for the Environment ceremony: Brussels, as part of Green Week 2008

 
                 
 

* The word ‘business’ was added to give well-deserved recognition to companies that have introduced and promoted sustainable development in their activities and practices.