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What are the European Business Awards for the Environment? 
The European Business Awards for the Environment are designed to recognise and promote organisations that make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. Every two years, the European Commission is pleased to reward successful companies that demonstrate commitment to putting sustainable development into action while maintaining economic viability. The awards highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the European Union that help to achieve ‘economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources upon the quality of which continued human activity and further development depend’.


When were the European Business Awards for the Environment launched? 
The European Business Awards for the Environment (formerly known as the European Better Environment Awards for Industry - EBEAFI) were launched in 1987 to stimulate technological developments that will help create a sustainable society. The name was changed in 2004 to reflect the important ‘business’ element of the awards.


Who can apply for a European Business Award for the Environment? 
The European Business Awards for the Environment are open to finalists in national competitions in one of the 27 EU Member States or candidate countries. The awards classify EU companies into two categories: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, or Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Industries; and Major Corporations (or large companies).


What are the different categories? 
The European Business Awards for the Environment are given in the following four categories:

management award  

Management Award for sustainable development. This award is for an exceptional organisation with the strategic vision and management systems that enable it to continuously improve its contribution to sustainable development.

product award  

Product and Services Award for sustainable development. This award is for the development of a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.

process award  

Process Award for sustainable development. This award is for the development and application of a new production technology that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.

international cooperation award  

International Business Cooperation Award for sustainable development. The Award is for an international business cooperation involving at least one private organisation from the European Union, an accession or an applicant country and another organisation(s) from the private, public, non-governmental and academic sector in a developing country or a country with an economy in transition.

international cooperation award   Business & Biodiversity Award. Beginning in 2012, a new 'Business and Biodiversity' Award will also be presented to a European company with outstanding achievements in halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems. The winner will be selected from companies applying for one of the existing categories

 


How do I get involved in the European Business Awards for the Environment competition?
Only winners and runners-up of the national competitions and specially commended companies may apply to the European Awards for the Environment.
Direct entries are not possible. Applicants must first have entered one of the national award schemes and be chosen to compete at European level. Submission of entries to the European awards competition is managed by national coordinating bodies.

To find out how to enter your national competition, click here

Can public enterprises and NGOs also qualify for an award?
According to the EU Directive on the transparency of financial relations between Member States and public undertakings, a public enterprise is “any undertaking over which the public authorities may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or their rules which govern it”. Public service activities can also be carried out by other organisations such as joint enterprises (partly owned by private and public stockholders), private enterprises, according to a public procurement procedure like privatisation, public enterprises in the form of capital companies with public ownership, as well as public-private partnerships. Only public enterprises that fall under this definition are entitled to participate in the European Awards. 

NGOs are only qualified to participate in the European Business Awards for the Environment if they apply as a partner within the international Business co-operation category.


What are the roles of the national co-ordinators?
The European Business Awards for the Environment are underpinned by a series of national competitions. For example, in 2010, such national competitions were organized in 23 EU Member States and in Turkey. The national co-ordinators represent these national award bodies. They act as intermediaries between the European Commission and the companies that have been awarded a national prize and are competing for a European Business Award for the Environment. They constitute together with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV) the steering committee.


What is the profile of Jury members?
Jury members are representatives of or experts from industry, government and non-government bodies, the media and universities who are interested and involved in implementing environmental practices in the business sector. The European Commission ensures a balanced representation of Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western countries and of both men and women. The President of the Jury panel is appointed by the European Commission, and should ideally come from the country holding the EU Presidency.


What are EBAE promoters?
To raise awareness about the awards and promote the development of environmentally sound management systems, products and services, processes and international cooperation schemes, the European Commission collaborates with European umbrella organisations and networks. EBAE promoters have agreed to a strong commitment and a substantial contribution to the promotion of the European Business Awards for the Environment.


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Who can I contact for further information and advice?

European coordinators
Janice Mc-Hugh
Tel.: +32 2 990383
E-mail:Janice.Mc-Hugh@ec.europa.eu

Katarzyna Wolos
Tel.: +32 2 2997981
E-mail: Katarzyna.WOLOS@ec.europa.eu 

The European Commission
Directorate-General for Environment (BU-1 05/163)
Unit F3 – Communication
Avenue Beaulieu, 5
B- 1160 Brussels

European Business Awards for the Environment Secretariat and Press Office
Sue Deans and Aimee Bateas
c/o LOW ASSOCIATES
21 Stocks Lane 
Orwell
Cambridgeshire  SG8 5QS
UK
Tel: +44 1223 208 655 and +44 20 7400 8990
E-mail: eu.business.awards.environment@hanovercomms.com