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Evaluation process

Role of the Jury and Evaluation process

The Jury evaluates the entries on the basis of the evaluation criteria and selects a shortlist (finalists) and winners for each Award. The shortlist of up to four finalists per Award, are companies that have shown they can make the environment one of their primary concerns while strengthening their competitiveness. The finalists for the Business and Biodiversity Award are chosen from the companies that applied for the four main categories and indicated on their entry form that they also wished to be entered for this Award.
From the shortlisted finalists, the jury panel designates one winner for each Award. All short-listed companies are promoted thoroughly during the ceremony and in the subsequent two years before the next Awards ceremony is held.
The evaluation process consists of a remote evaluation and a jury meeting which all jurors attend. In order to facilitate the jury’s work, jury members individually mark all entries assigned to them, during the remote evaluation, identifying the companies which are – in their view – the best in the category to which they were assigned. The EBAE Secretariat collates this information, for each category and also for Business and Biodiversity, and distributes the information to the jurors prior to the jury meeting.
The jury and its President follow the procedures set out in the EBAE Handbook. The Jury can switch an entry to another category if a project appears to be submitted within the wrong category.

Profile of Jury members

Jury members are experts from industry, government, NGOs, the media and academia who are interested and involved in implementing environmental practices in the business sector. Past winners are also invited to participate, as well as European Commission officials not directly involved with the EBAE Awards. The European Commission ensures a balanced geographical and gender representation. The President of the Jury panel is appointed by the European Commission, and should ideally come from the country that holds the EU Presidency.

EBAE Jury 2018

EBAE Jury 2018

Chair of Jury

Heinz Felsner (Austria)

CEO of KPI Consult GmbH, Switzerland; Founding board member of the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development; President of Schweiz-Österreich-Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the 2006 EBAE Jury and Member of the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 EBAE Jury.

Opening address by Heinz Felsner ahead of 2018 Jury Meeting

Management Large

Marcus Gover (United Kingdom)

Chief Executive of WRAP; focus on resource management (recycling priority materials and products), manufactured goods (improving the sustainability of clothing, textiles and electrical goods), and food sustainability (reducing food waste from farm to fork and increasing supply chain efficiency).

Michal Fabuš (Slovakia)

CEO and Partner at PROEN Ltd. Slovakia (consulting services in the field of energy efficiency); board member of the Association of Industrial Ecology in Slovakia; Authorized Energy Auditor; Lecturer and Head of Department of Economics and Finance at School of Economics and Management in Public Administration in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Hugo H Hollander (Netherlands)

International auditor, founder and partner of Share Impact Accountants, previously partner of EY for the last 14 years; focusing on audit, assurance sustainability and integrated reporting; Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001; Member of Supervisory Boards and Audit committees; Co-writer of a book on sustainability “The past and the present of sustainability. Is sustainability history?” and a book on leadership “Guidance on inspired leadership”; Juror for the Dutch Sustainability Award in the Netherlands.

Şeyda Keskin (Turkey)

Senior Advisor and member of the Environment and Co-ordination Committees at Turkish Quality for Society. Founding board member of the Environmental Councıl for Sustainable Development and Member of the 2012, 2014 and 2016 EBAE Jury.
International Lead Auditor quality, occupational health, safety, Environmental Management Systems and Food Safety Systems; developed and disseminated works on behalf of Turkish Standards Institute for Environmental Management System standards ISO 14001 and ISO; President of the Turkey Quality Association Environmental Working Groups for 8 years

Dr. Godwin C Micallef (Malta)

Setup and Chaired the Environment Committee within the Malta Federation of Industry in 1993 and has been active since then; Member of the adjudicating Committee of both the National Environment Award for Industry and the Sustainable Awards for Industry; former delegate to the EU Consultative Commission on Industrial Change [CCMI], representing Malta in Group 3 which deals with various interests including environment.

Product and Services

Ado Lõhmus (Estonia)

Deputy Secretary General for Environment Management and Environment Technology, Estonian Ministry of the Environment; Member of the Sustainable Development Commission, Prime Minister's Office; Alternate Member of Management Board, European Environment Agency; Special Envoy for the President of the 4th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Otto Lehtipuu (Finland)

Managing Director of Finnish Environmental Industries YTP, an association of environmental companies; previously a Senior Vice President at the Finnish Railways, responsible for corporate communication and environmental management, and an environmental consultant. Experienced in environmental policies, corporate environmental management, eco-design in products and services and environmental impact assessment.

Roland Moreau (Belgium)

Director General Environment of the Belgian Federal Public Service Public Health, Food Chain Security & Environment; Chair of the BE Coordination Committee for the International Environment policy; full member of the Club of Rome – EU chapter. Previously Executive Director of Greenpeace Belgium and Member of the Belgian Federal Sustainable Development Council.

Paul Schosseler (Luxembourg)

Scientific Director and Associate at +ImpaKT Luxembourg S.à.r.l., Circular Economy consultant for companies, institutions and public authorities; previously Deputy Director of Environmental Department at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and Director of the Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies at Public Research Centre Henri Tudor.

Business Process (Jury Panel includes Heinz Felsner)

Viktor Grilc (Slovenia)

Group Head for Sustainable Waste Management, Laboratory for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia; Part-time Professor in Environmental Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology and Faculty for Civil Engineering (recently retired from post); Professional Engineer registered at the Slovene Chamber of Engineers; Registered Auditor for ISO 14001; Registered Auditor for the Eco-Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Tom Kelly (Ireland)

Head of Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation, Competitiveness Division; leading Enterprise Ireland’s Programmes in In-Company R&D, Lean Business, Global Sourcing, Public Procurement and Environment Technologies; Member of Enterprise Ireland’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance, Capital Investment and Job Expansion Fund Committees. Previously Manager of Industrial, Lifesciences and Consumer Division with responsibility for development and implementation of the Agency’s strategies for non-food manufacturing sectors.
Enterprise Ireland is the State Agency for the development of Ireland’s Irish owned and natural resource based industries.

Konstantin Aravossis (Greece)

Prof. Konstantin Aravossis is a Mechanical Engineer (Technical University of Aachen -Germany) with an M.Sc. in Management Science from Imperial College - University of London. He has further been awarded a PhD by the National Technical University of Athens, focusing on Operations Research. He is an Associate Professor of “Planning, Management and Assessment of Technological and Environmental Investments at the NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and Coordinator of the Environmental Economics and Sustainability Unit, a Professor at the ATHENS MBA (NTUA - Athens University of Economics) since 1997 and a visiting Professor at Imperial College. He is President of the Coordinating Committee of the Institute of Production and Operations Management / Hellenic Management Association, President of the greek Branch of the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council ( coordinated by Columbia University and an Associate Researcher at the Columbia University Earth Engineering Center.

Mirjana Matešić (Croatia)

Director of the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development since 2004. Mirjana is active in the implementation of sustainable development policies in business as well as on the level of public policies and strategies. She has initiated quarterly newsletter Business and Sustainability, she is teaches CSR at Business School of Zagreb. She is also co-author of the methodology of the CSR Index in Croatia. She has published a number of papers in the area of sustainable development and has participated in number of local and international conferences. She was member of the Economic council of the President of the Republic of Croatia, president of the Technical committee for social responsibility at the Croatian Standards Institute and a member of the State Council for Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection. She has PhD in sustainable development, Master in business and she is an engineer of ecology, all degrees obtained at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Søren Bukh Svenningsen (Denmark)

Deputy Director General at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency responsible for Center of Green Production and Center of Chemicals. Previously Special Advisor to the Minister and since then Head of Department responsible for air pollution, eco-innovation, international cooperation and export of Danish green technology. Board member of the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO).

Management (Small) & Developing Country Cooperation

Dipl-Ing. Nico Peterschmidt (Germany)

Managing Director, INENSUS GmbH; Energy Access Technology Consultant on Solar Mini-Grids, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, UNOPS; Expert for renewable energy and hybrid power systems, Nigeria/Uganda/India; Published Researcher on many topics including renewable energy and mini-grid power supply.

Marta Szigeti Bonifert (Hungary)

Marta is a member of the board, leading the environment and sustainable development committee and the EU Diversity Charter related activities within the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF); member of the board of the ROMASTER Foundation; member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee; scientific advisor to Agroinnova/University of Turin Scientific Committee; member of the board of the CEE Gender Network; member of the board of the European Partners for Environment (EPE); and member of the global advisory board of Tokyo University. Until the end of January 2017 Marta was the Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center (REC), serving for almost 14 years.

Stanislava Dimitrova (Bulgaria)

Stanislava has served as the Environmental Technologies Lead of the Department of Commerce office at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria for over 11 years and has vast experience partnering with key players in the environmental sector in Bulgaria, the U.S. and Central and Eastern Europe; previously she represented the U.S. Agency of International Development’s EcoLinks Grant Program in Bulgaria; as a Fulbright scholar, Stanislava received an LLM Degree in International Business and Environmental Law from the Washington College at the American University.

Alexander Charalambous (Greece)

Team leader of the SWITCH to Green Facility supporting the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development in promoting an inclusive green economy transition; Senior partner and policy expert at Living Prospects Ltd, a boutique consultancy firm providing advice to businesses and the public sector on sustainable production and consumption, focusing on circular economy, eco-innovation, and resource efficiency.

Dr Rachel Lombardi (United Kingdom)

Director of Business Development at International Synergies Limited since 2012, enabling industrial symbiosis around the world; Experience working with public and private sector partners and institutions on every continent to deliver circular economy through resource efficiency.

Business & Biodiversity

Sonia Castañeda Rial (Spain)

General Director of Fundación Biodiversidad since 2012, a public foundation part of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (previously International Department Director); formerly an environmental lawyer, and freelance consultant, and Director of a law and consultancy firm. Extensive experience collaborating with NGOs and business.

Marion Hammerl (Germany)

Managing Director of Lake Constance Foundation and Coordinator of numerous EU-supported projects since 1998; Co-Founder and President of Global Nature Fund since 2002; Co-Founder of various Spanish environmental organizations, including Fundación Global Nature España; President of Fundación Global Nature from 1997 to 2015 and currently member of the board; Author of numerous reports focusing on environmental management systems, sustainable tourism development, sustainable food production, management of lake areas and water resources, and business and biodiversity topics

Lars Müller (Belgium)

Lars is coordinating the Business and Biodiversity Platform for the European Commission, a forum for working with private business to integrate impacts and dependencies on natural capital and biodiversity into business practice. Before that, Lars gained 15 years’ experience in the European Commission working on domestic and international climate policy, including UN climate negotiations as policy officer for Climate Diplomacy; 1990-2000 at the Ministry of Environment, Nature and Regional Planning of Schleswig-Holstein/Germany.

Nuno Miguel Oliveira Pegado de Matos Sequeira (Portugal)

Teacher and biologist, required by the Portuguese Environment Agency, to develop projects for Environmental Education for Sustainability. Member of the Nacional Board of Quercus, the biggest Portuguese Enviroment NGO, where he coordinates several projects related to biodiversity and environmental education. Member of the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development.