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EBAE Award Ceremony on 14 November 2018, Vienna (Austria)


The big moment of every cycle of the European Business Awards for the Environment is approaching: the Awards Ceremony, where the most impressive eco-innovative cases of the European business sector are celebrated.

Palais Niederösterreich

Save the date of 14 November 2018 in your calendar, as the EBAE Ceremony will be held on that day in Vienna, Austria! This exciting evening, which will take place at the historical Palais Niederösterreich, is part of the “Growth in Transition” conference, and will be hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the EU.
With the application period for the 2018-2019 cycle now officially closed, the EBAE Jury met on 28-29 June in Sofia, Bulgaria, to evaluate all the submissions and draw up the shortlist of companies for the EBAE Awards.

As usual, EBAE seeks to showcase the most eco-innovative companies in six different Award areas.

The magnificent Courtyard of Vienna’s Palais Niederösterreich

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Be sure to watch the EBAE website and all EBAE social media channels to find out which companies will be Europe’s future champions of eco-innovation!

Further info:
ebae@LOWeurope.eu
#EUgreenBiz




National Coordinator Catch-Up: Karen Silts (Estonia) (Monday 17th July)

Karen Silts


We caught up with Karen Silts, EBAE’s Estonian National Coordinator to find out how the national Finalists for the European Business Awards for the Environment are selected in Estonia.

How does your competition work?
The Estonian Business Awards for the Environment are designed to recognise and promote organisations that make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development, innovation and the circular economy. Every year, the Estonian Ministry of the Environment rewards successful companies that demonstrate commitment to putting innovation and sustainable development into action while maintaining economic viability.

The awards highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in Estonia 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’. Winners are recognised in the following three categories: Management, Product and Services, and Process Innovation. The jury can also give special prizes for International Business Cooperation, and Business and Biodiversity.

Approximately twenty companies submit nominations to the award programme each October for consideration by an independent jury who evaluate the Finalists. National finalists and winners are announced at the award ceremony, which usually takes place in January. Based on the assessment of the jury, the national competition winners will be sent to the European competition (the National Coordinator supports companies to apply to the pan-European European Business Awards for the Environment).

Who attends the awards ceremony?
The Ministry of the Environment, the competition organiser, hosts the ceremony and presents the awards to the winners. Together with the jury and competition participants, approximately 200 representatives from across government, business and other social organisations are invited to attend the award ceremony. At the ceremony, videos of each of the category winners are presented, and the award results are released via the press.

What are your recommendations for businesses wanting to apply?
The Estonian Business Awards for the Environment recognises those companies at the forefront of eco-innovation, or which have a respect for the environment at the very core of their business principles.
But in my mind, it is always an excellent opportunity to produce something that is already on the market, but to do it better and in a more environmentally friendly way. Think bigger and more globally; what makes your business special in a crowded market?

And finally, what difference do you think it makes to win a European Business Award for the Environment?
The competition is organized every second year with the aim to identify the environmentally-friendly enterprises who have taken actions that had a positive influence on the environment, and, through acknowledging the winners of the competition, to inspire other companies, organizations and private persons to use similar nature-friendly solutions.
Secondly, the competition gives great opportunities for the companies: to go global, to access new markets, new clients, get bigger investors or even improve their environmental performance and sustainability. EBAE certainly encourages companies to go further and be more INNOVATIVE!




Where Are They Now: Hipp-Werk Georg Hipp OHG (Monday 3rd July)

Hipp-Werk Georg Hipp OHG


HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG, an organic baby food company, won the Business and Biodiversity Award in 2016 for their project “20 Years of HiPP Sustainability Management.” This is the story of how winning the EBAE award has impacted their business.

“Being rewarded by an institution of the European Commission means a lot to HiPP.

Since we are one of the biggest producers of organic raw materials worldwide and were recently celebrating our 60th anniversary of organic production, HiPP has always focused on preserving nature, which means nothing other than sustainment of biodiversity. HiPP’s sustainability management has incorporated biodiversity into the company’s operations. The entire supply chain is being taken into consideration, thus implementing a systematic sustainability management at all levels.

HiPP consistently improves its processes and regulations in terms of sustainability in every possible way. Hence, since receiving the very much-appreciated European Business Award for the Environment in 2016, many things have progressed. Amongst other developments, the company became EMASplus certified in March 2017 - the first German company in food industry to achieve such status. EMASplus is a holistic social management system, which integrates economical, ecological and social standards.

Furthermore, we were awarded the German CSR-award in April 2017 for the avoidance of CO2 as a contribution to climate protection. Between 2000 and 2016, HiPP was able to minimize its CO2 emissions up to 90 percent – despite increasing output.

Not only does official recognition honour our efforts in terms of product development and the pursuit of environmental sustainability, but the customers themselves notice and value such awards. In a recent survey of approximately 450,000 people, HiPP again came first place for being the most sustainable producer of baby food in Germany.

At all our company sites, both within and without Europe, HiPP aims to fulfil the same high quality standards in terms of a sustainable business management. For instance, our HiPP Croatia Team was recently rewarded with the CSR-award for medium sized companies as part of the 8th Corporate Social Responsibility Conference in Croatia.

Let’s conclude with a rather appropriate indicator of HiPP’s support of scientific research in terms of protecting biodiversity. The butterfly species Rhodochlora, whose appearance shows that nature is still in balance, has a new member. It was recently discovered in the rainforest and has been named Rhodochlora claushippi, in honour of Claus Hipp in biodiversity and producing sustainable and ecological baby food for 60 years.”

For more details, visit Hipp.com



European Aluminium: Driving Mobility to a Low Carbon Future (Monday 19th June)

European Aluminium


The European aluminium industry is engaged in supporting the transition to a low carbon and circular economy. Mobility is a fundamental pillar of this commitment, as reflected during our recent event, ‘driving mobility to a low carbon future’. At the event, held in Brussels on 27th April, more than 250 participants were able to experience the lightweight, innovative and fully recyclable aluminium solutions that will enable low carbon mobility.

So just how can the transport sector reach future CO2 targets in the most cost efficient manner? A simple question that triggered the attention of participants including key lawmakers such as Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP, high level Commission officials, industry representatives, academia and NGOs. All those present exchanged views on the future reform of CO2 for cars and vans - expected by the end of the year.

European Aluminium led the debate with some important remarks by its top representatives. “The aluminium industry is a strong supporter of the transition to low carbon mobility. As a lightweight material, using aluminium in vehicles both reduces CO2 emissions and improves fuel efficiency,” said Kjetil Ebbesberg, Chair of European Aluminium and Executive Vice President of Rolled Products at Hydro. “Demand for aluminium in the automotive market – already growing for several decades – is projected to further increase in the coming years. Clearly aluminium’s unique properties as strong, light and fully recyclable are not just appreciated but demanded.”

The aluminium content in cars is forecast to increase by up to 30% over the next ten years, increasing from 150 kg today to 200 kg in 2025, provided lightweighting is better encouraged in future regulations. Today, the average European car weighs 1400 kg. When replacing mild steel, 200 kg of aluminium in a car can make the car 200 kg lighter, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by up to 16 grams per kilometre. Taking into account that on average car manufacturers in Europe have to move from under 120 g/km to 95 g/km by 2021, increasing the aluminium content in cars could play a significant role in helping car manufacturers reach this target.

Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium added, “all low carbon mobility roads lead to lightweighting. Lightweighting solutions are integral to limiting CO2 emissions from vehicles and reaching future EU targets. Currently the situation in the EU is paradoxical: heavier cars are allowed to emit more CO2 emissions than lighter cars. We expect the new regulation to remain technology-neutral. In practice, this means abandoning the mass-based approach. Car manufacturers should be free to choose the most cost efficient solutions to attain their CO2 reduction objective.”

Learn more:

[VIDEO] Watch a short recap of the event, including an interview with Chairwoman of the ENVI Committee, MEP Adina-Ioana Valean

[VIDEO] We asked people to imagine the future of mobility in three words or less. See what they said.

[POSTER] We all know Schuman roundabout as a hub to pass through. But what if it were a place to spend time in? Here’s our vision for Schuman in

[RICICLETTA]Two lucky participants at our event won a Ricicletta, a lightweight aluminium bike made from 800 recycled beverage cans. Missed out? Get your own!

To learn more about European Aluminium, please visit http://www.european-aluminium.eu

To learn more about the EBAE promoters, or how to become a promoter yourself, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/awards/promoters.html



Green Week 2017 Explores How to Boost Green Jobs (Monday 5th June)


Green Week 2017


Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Karmenu Vella at the Green Week Green Jobs Summit as part of Green Week 2017

EU Green Week, the annual opportunity to explore and discuss European environmental policy, is the seminal event on the EU environment policy calendar. Each year, it attracts leading policymakers, environmentalists, and other key stakeholders from across the globe.

The 2017 event, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment, took place in Brussels and across Europe between 29th May and 2nd June. Under the theme ‘green jobs for a greener future’, the event considered growth in the EU, and how environmental policies and actions are creating green jobs, a demand for new green skills, and contributing towards this growth in a financially rewarding, socially responsible, and sustainable way.

As EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella put it, “a green job is a triple win; it is good for the planet, good for the economy, and good for the people who do the job”. Under Europe’s shift towards a circular economy, the environmental sector saw a solid performance in terms of job creation in the past decade, despite a difficult economic climate. Although growth in green jobs has levelled out to come into line with growth in the rest of the economy, there is still a great potential for job creation, and new opportunities are expected to emerge in the areas of renewable power, recycling, farming, transport, water and the maritime sectors.

Each day of the event focussed on a different aspect of green jobs and the skills gap: green jobs in the countryside, green jobs and water, working towards a greener future, green jobs for oceans, and green jobs in our cities.

On day one, ‘green jobs in the countryside’, Commissioner Vella called for the right training and support to create to help address the green skills gap, particularly for SMEs. Across Europe, other Green Week events included an EU Ecolabel award ceremony in Barcelona, in Brussels a debate on the crucial role of farmers and forest owners in creating sustainable green jobs, and in Oslo a discussion about how to generate green growth between the city’s Mayor and business leaders.

On day two, about ‘green jobs and water’, events across Europe considered the EU’s standards for drinking water and waste water treatment, and the role of water in the circular economy. Day two also saw the opening of the EU Green Jobs Summit in Brussels, which included high-level speakers from across Europe and a TEDx style session with green entrepreneurs, as well as the Green Awards ceremony, celebrating 25 years of successful projects funded through the EU’s LIFE programme.

Day three, ‘working towards a greener future’, explored the skills and knowledge required to transform the job market and help existing white and blue jobs to become green, and how to make a circular and low carbon economy a reality in an environment of growth. Other events across Europe included a debate on how the EU and China can cooperate on developing the circular economy in both parts of the world, and a debate on energy-efficient construction in the Netherlands, amongst others.

The events of day four, ‘green jobs for oceans, considered the potential of ‘blue’ jobs, or the ocean and maritime sector. From marine and coastal protection to aquaculture, tourism, and ocean energy, there is much potential for green jobs in the sustainable ocean sector.

On day five, participants across Europe explored the theme of ‘green jobs in our cities’, and how we can develop areas in a sustainable manner, whilst finding new ways to generate eco-innovation, green technologies, and green jobs in our cities.

To learn more about Green Week 2017, or for updates on Green Week 2018 (‘sustainable cities’), please visit https://www.eugreenweek.eu



Focus On: Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry (Monday 22nd May)


The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest challenges of our times. Human activities are driving species loss 1000 times faster than it would have been under normal circumstances. Many ecosystems, which provide us essential resources, are at a risk of collapsing. The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is not simply an environment issue but it is a key requirement for our nutrition, production processes, services and the overall quality of life. In combination with the agricultural sector, food producers and retailers have a great impact on biodiversity. Unfortunately, biodiversity protection does not yet represent one of their primary targets. In general, the interactions between human activity and biodiversity are complex. Due to this complexity, reducing the negative effects on nature in the complete supply chain of a food product - from the field to the shelf - poses a challenge.

Standards and labels for the food industry help qualify certain attributes of a product and the process of production itself. They guide consumers with information about the quality of products, their environmental footprint, and impact on nature.

The environmental foundations Global Nature Fund and Lake Constance Foundation analysed 19 standards and labels in the food sector. The results show a clear need for action. So far, biodiversity-related criteria rarely go beyond the common approach of good agricultural practices; they are often unclear in their formulation and take into account the causes of biodiversity loss only partially. Often, auditors and certification companies do not have the necessary knowledge needed to classify and supervise the measures taken for biodiversity protection.

The main project objective is to improve the biodiversity performance of standards and labels within the food industry, by a) supporting standard-setting organizations to include efficient biodiversity criteria into their schemes; and b) motivating food processing companies and retailers to include biodiversity criteria into their sourcing guidelines.

This is achieved through:

• Trainings for certifiers and auditors as well as the responsible personnel in companies.

• Development and implementation of a universal monitoring-system for biodiversity.

• Dissemination of results and information to the food sector and standard-setting organizations.

A European-wide initiative on “Biodiversity in Standards and Labels of the Food Sector” will continue working on the topic even after this project ends in 2020.

Forty standards and food labels will be evaluated for their biodiversity criteria and a baseline report will be formulated. The report will be discussed with different actors of the food business and recommendations for the improvement of the criteria will be given. Interested standards organisations and companies will be advised in the revision of their criteria. In addition, an "Easy Guide" will be published on biodiversity criteria in standards, labels and corporate guidelines in Spanish, French, Portuguese, English and German.

With the help of a newly developed Biodiversity Performance Tool (BPT), the current situation and the further development for biodiversity protection on farms can be analysed. Through a pilot project involving farms in cereal cultivation (Germany), tomato cultivation (Spain), olive production (Spain), in grasslands used for meat production (Portugal) and grasslands used for milk production and dairy products (France), the BPT will be tested. The final version of the BPT will be made available for certifiers, assessors and product manager. They will also be involved in a training program to strengthen their knowledge and expertise on biodiversity.

Finally, a monitoring-system and database tracking the biodiversity performance at farm level will be set up. Standard-setting and label organizations will be informed and invited to join the common monitoring approach. Using this database, standard-setting organizations and companies will be able to monitor the positive effects and help these organizations constantly improve upon their criteria and measures. Agreements will be made with standard-setting organizations and companies to implement the monitoring system.

The project-results will be disseminated to standard-setting organizations, companies with own specific requirements, food processing companies, environmental organizations and authorities at the national and European level. Amongst other means, trade fairs and events will be used to further advocate the tool, and the need to set up biodiversity based monitoring systems.

Furthermore, a sector specific initiative called “Biodiversity Performance in the Food Sector” will be created. The aim of this initiative is to raise the biodiversity performance by using commonly accepted and implemented priority criteria for biodiversity within the whole food sector. This initiative will help facilitate regular exchange among representatives from the food industry, standard-setting organizations and other stakeholders. The monitoring system will be eventually handed over to the coordinators of the Biodiversity Performance Initiative.

To learn more, visit www.business-biodiversity.eu



EMAS Awards 2017 (Monday 8th May)

2017 EMAS Awards


The EMAS Award 2017 winners together with EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella: Large, private organisation, Martin's Hotels (BE); SME, Seacourt (UK); public organisation, HNEE (DE)

The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every type of organisation eager to improve its environmental performance. It spans all economic and service sectors and is applicable worldwide.

In 2005 the European Commission decided to reward the excellent work of EMAS registered organisations in environmental protection by introducing the EMAS Awards. The EMAS Awards now take place every two years, alternating with the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

The event provides a cornerstone for promoting EMAS and the Awards winners, as well as a platform facilitating the dialogue between key stakeholders. Much like EBAE, the Awards are an opportunity for EMAS-registered organisations to come together share and promote their best environmental management practices.

The theme for the 2017 edition of the EMAS Awards was ‘contributing to making the European economy more circular’. The EMAS awards ceremony, which took place on 8th May in Valetta, Malta, was preceded by a conference on sustainable tourism organised in the context of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The awards recognised organisations that took steps to make their operations or business model more resource efficient, for instance by redesigning products to increase their lifetime, or reducing waste.

The winners of the EMAS Awards 2017 are:

Small and Medium Private Organisations
Seacourt Ltd (United Kingdom)

Winner in the category Large Organisations
Martin’s Hotels SA (Belgium)

Winner in the category Public Organisations
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (Germany)

Honourable mentions:

Small and Medium Private Organisations
PMC Holding (Belgium)
Acqua & Sole S.r.l. (Italy)

Large organisations
Wiegel Verwaltung GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Public organisations
The European Parliament (EU, registered in France)
The Comune di Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa (Italy)

Congratulations to all the EMAS 2017 award winners from all of us here at EBAE!

To see the full coverage of the EMAS awards ceremony and the conference on sustainable tourism, please visit http://www.ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/emas_for_you/emas_awards/emas_awards_ceremony_en.htm
To learn more about EMAS and how to apply / nominate for the 2019 awards, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/
For more details, please visit: http://www.ecolabel.eu


Where Are They Now: Hydromx (EBAE 2016-17 Winner) (Tuesday 18th April)

Hydromx_2017


Turkish company Hydromx won the Product and Services Award in 2016 for their energy-efficient heat transfer fluid. This is the story, told by the company, of how winning the EBAE award has impacted on their business.

Although our care for the environment is fundamental to our business and not just to receive awards or recognition, it was nonetheless a tremendous honour to receive such a meaningful award in the 2016-17 European Business Awards for the Environment.

At Hydromx we always aim to leave a better world for the next generations. For the past decade, we have been able to make a reality the idea of using a better heat transfer fluid, rather than water itself. We feel so proud that we created the very first product capable of achieving a better and more effective heat transfer product.

If only 5% of the world used Hydromx® today, 86.5 tons of Co2 emissions would be saved, equalling yearly energy savings in excess of 50 Billion USD. These figures equal roughly to 231 million trees.

We know this is not an easy goal to achieve! There is a commercial component to it, which is central to our whole business: Sales, Distribution, Installation, Service, Monitoring, and Verification.

We have trying to achieve market success locally for almost ten years, and internationally for the last four years. Being part of the European Business Awards for the Environment has afforded us significant publicity we would not otherwise been able to achieve on our own; not only within Europe, but also internationally.

In addition to the valuable coverage we gained from the promotion of the awards at EU-level, we were also able to promote the win regularly through our web site and social media channels, and asked our business partners in the USA, India, Czech Republic, UK, Ireland, Israel, Benelux, and Turkey to do the same.

After receiving the award, we signed an agreement with our newest business partner from Israel. We are discussing new business opportunities with United Arab Emirates, Australia, Germany and Austria, and since the awards we have been inundated by emails from all around world, asking for more information and possible partnerships.

In short, no amount of investment in PR could have bought us the attention we gained from being a winner of a prestigious EBAE award.

Today we are working hard on Research & Development for more environmentally focused products in energy industry, as well as two different industries. We are looking for further opportunities to produce all of our products locally together with our partners, in order to cut transportation costs. This translates into a reduction in Co2 emissions and more job opportunities.

We are working very hard towards a better future, and EBAE has supported us in this mission in an invaluable way.

To learn more about Hydromx, please visit: www.hydromx.com




Focus On: 25 Years of EU Ecolabel (Monday 10th April)

Ecolabel 2017


The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary eco-labelling scheme launched in 1992 to encourage the production and consumption of green goods and services across the European Union. It distinguishes environmentally friendly products by awarding them a distinctive and easily recognisable symbol of environmental quality – the EU Ecolabel logo. Today, more than 38,000 products and services carry the logo.

For its 25th year anniversary, the EU Ecolabel remains a key driver in promoting circular economy. From the beginning, its strict product group criteria were already based on the main principles of the circular economy supporting both sustainable production and consumption: products that have a lower environmental impact and contribute to sustainable development along its life cycle, in addition to energy efficiency, durability and reparability. Thanks to transparent ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices, without compromising on the quality of the products.

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, based in Seville, has been responsible for developing the technical criteria sets for each of the 29 product groups, to which the licence holders must comply to in order to obtain an EU Ecolabel licence. Each product and service group criteria document has concrete parallels with the objectives of the Circular Economy Package as well as the Global Sustainable Development Goal 12.

A perfect example of the innovative quality of EU Ecolabel products is ALGO PAINTS by FELOR, a company shortlisted for the 2016-17 European Business Awards for the Environment and which produces environmentally friendly paint using algae. FELOR have successfully brought eco-innovation as well as a consideration for the environment and health front and centre within its manufacturing process through compliance to its EU Ecolabel award.

The EU Ecolabel criteria for paint products sets forth a guarantee of superior longevity in relation to conventional products through its requirement to increase the efficiency of paint in order to reduce the number of coats of paint needed for optimal paint coverage, quick drying time, and durability. EU Ecolabel ALGO PAINTS, which are composed of 98% of bio-based raw materials including algae and other natural components, consequently reduce VOCs emissions, thus improving indoor air quality. Furthermore, as result of its high-covering properties upon application, the thermal efficiency of buildings is increased. By exploiting the opportunities of plant-based chemistry, FELOR has created a quality EU Ecolabel product line that is better for the environment and better for you.

For more details, please visit: www.ecolabel.eu




Coordinator Catch Up: Jean-Paul Ventere (France) (Monday 3rd April)

Jean-Paul Ventere


We caught up with Jean-Paul Ventere, EBAE’s French National Coordinator, to find out how the national Finalists for the European Business Awards for the Environment are selected in France.

1) How does your competition work?
In France, the National Environmental Awards (the "Prix Entreprises et Environnement") have been organized by the Ministry of Environment since 1987. It is an annual competition, which gives us the opportunity to select our very best national winners who should be nominated to represent France at the European level. For 2017, we have five award categories: • Circular Economy • Climate Change (reduction or adaptation) • Best Environmental Reporting from Companies • Biodiversity • Innovation in Technologies and Economical Models. As these categories differ from the European categories, we consider which companies have the best chance to compete in the EBAE categories at the European level. It means also that we ask our national winners to complete (in English) the European nominations forms with a fresh outlook.

2) Tell us about the awards ceremony?
Our annual ceremony takes place in a great exhibition hall either during Salon Pollutec in the city of Lyon, or World Efficiency in Paris (it alternates each year). The awards are usually presented to the winners by the Minister of the Environment (there have been only a few exceptions in 30 years).

3) Who can apply to the awards in France?
We encourage companies of all types to apply. The idea is to be self-confident and to apply, regardless of the size of the company. In each category, the jury is sensitive to whatever efforts have been made by any company. Their efforts are judged in the context of their industry, but innovation is always the keyword.

4) And finally, what difference do you think it makes to win a European Business Award for the Environment?
Winning an award at the European level represents a great recognition for any company of their hard work, efforts and innovation. But the element of ‘surprise’ (not knowing if you are the winner until the last moment) can be harder to manage emotionally!




EU Circular Economy Mission to South Africa to Boost Business and Policy Ties (Monday 27th March)

EU Circular


The Directorate-General (DG) for the Environment of the European Commission is organising a Circular Economy Mission to South Africa on 2-5 May 2017. Representatives of private companies and of industry associations who are interested in fostering circular economy in South Africa are invited to join.
The Mission will pursue three main objectives: (1) to promote circular economy, innovation and sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU and in South Africa; (2) to help EU green business and in particular SMEs to operate internationally, and (3) to promote green business partnerships in targeted sectors.
The EU delegation will participate in a number of high-level meetings with the South African government and also at business-to business and matchmaking events. They will also attend the World Economic Forum on Africa, which will take place on 4-5 May 2017 in Pretoria.
Meetings will take place with the EU Chamber, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), Black Management Forum (BMF), National Business Initiative (NBI), Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA). The delegation will also meet representatives of the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Energy (DoE), Department of Science & technology (DST).
In particular, the focus will be on eco-innovation, chemicals and plastic, waste, water management, marine pollution and urban environmental best practices. Participating entrepreneurs and associations will be able to network with EU and local companies and institutions active in the above areas.
The Circular Economy Missions are a series of high-level political and business meetings in third countries to communicate and promote sustainable and resource-efficient policies. The first Mission took place to Chile in April 2016 and the second one to China in November 2016. The Mission to China included 79 representatives of 34 companies; 15 European business associations and 6 national business associations.

For more information, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CEMSouthAfrica




National Awards Ceremony: Bulgaria (Monday 13th March)

2017 Bulgaria Awards


At a formal ceremony on 14 March 2017 the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) announced the winners of its 2016 Responsible Business Awards.
The Annual Responsible Business Awards champion the private sector’s considerable support for community projects in the fields of education; protection of the environment; employee development; motivating more companies to embrace corporate responsibility and sustainability; and many more. 84 four entries from 57 companies ran in the 14th edition of this country’s most prominent CSR competition.
Over 300 guests from BBLF member-companies, companies and organizations that nominated their entries, supporters of BBLF from the NGO sector, diplomats and the media attended the awards ceremony.
The prizes in six categories were handed out by Prime Minister Prof. Ognyan Gerdzhikov, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, Education Minister Prof. Nikolay Denkov, Economy Minister Teodor Sedlarski, Labour and Social Policy Minister Galab Donev, Deputy Minister of the Environment Reneta Koleva and British Ambassador Emma Hopkins.
Winners of the Investor in Environment category, which saw 8 entries, received their prizes from Deputy Minister of the Environment Reneta Koleva. The big prize went to telecom operator Mtel for their Mtel Eco Grant 2016, an annual programme that funds small yet valuable projects in the field of environmental protection. BTV Media Group and their Let’s Clean Up Bulgaria Together campaign ranked second and Lidl Bulgaria ranked third with their Efficient Waste Management programme.
In addition to the recognition from the BBLF Awards, the three finalists in the environment category are also eligible to be nominated for the 2018-19 European Business Awards for the Environment.

For more details, please visit:
http://www.bblf.bg/en/events/760/2016+Responsible+Business+Awards+Winners&lang=en




National Awards Ceremony: Spain (Monday 1st March)

The Spanish national competition for the European Business Awards for the Environment has been held in Spain since 1997. Fundación Biodiversidad, from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, has been Spain’s EBAE National Coordinator since 2013.
In the 2015-2016 edition of the awards, Fundación Biodiversidad received 184 applications from successful and innovative businesses. 12 companies excelled in the different categories and were considered winners or runner-up eligible for the European competition. Specific presentations for each were prepared (in Spanish):

Management award:
MAHOU SAN MIGUEL
EWASTE CANARIAS S.L.


Product and services award:
IRIZAR Sociedad Cooperativa
ENERGY REVIVAL S.L.
ONYX SOLAR ENERGY, S.L. (runner-up)


Process award:
GERDAU ACEROS ESPECIALES DE EUROPA, S.L.
ALGAENERGY, S.A.
ENDESA, S.A. (runner-up)
GLEN BIOTECH S.L. (runner-up)


International Business Cooperation Award:
MADITER TRADE S.L.

Special Mention: Business and Biodiversity:
AGROTECHNNICAL SERVICES S.L.
MAR CRISTAL MARILUM S.L. (runner-up)


In addition to the European Business Awards for the Environment, Fundación Biodiversidad has a strong focus in helping companies be more competitive and lead the way in environmental issues. As national managers of the European Social Fund, Fundación Biodiversidad has supported the creation and consolidation of more than 2,600 companies or new lines of business in economic sectors related to the environment and has also created a specific network for green entrepreneurs with more than 8.000 operational users since 2011. This has been the first specialized green business network in Spain, fostering green entrepreneurship, helping to provide feasibility to business plans, offering tailored services to entrepreneurs and SMEs and serving as a link with potential investors.
Also, Fundación Biodiversidad coordinates the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative, helping big companies to integrate biodiversity in their business models and helping to channel funding to conservation initiatives in the field of nature conservation.
A more sustainable economy is needed to ensure the conservation of our natural heritage and the wellbeing of our society. At Fundación Biodiversidad we understand that companies are one of our natural allies for this objective and that we need to go hand-in-hand.

For more information, please contact Victoria Pérez: EBAE@funacion-biodiversidad.es




Focus On: Biodiversity (Monday 20th February)

Biodiversity was a hot topic for discussion in the EBAE jury; we discussed why with Lars Müller, Policy Officer DG Environment, currently coordinating the Business and Biodiversity Platform of the European Commission, a forum for working with private business to integrate biodiversity considerations into business practice.

1) Why is biodiversity important for business?
Every business impacts and depends on natural capital and biodiversity to some degree and will experience risks and/or opportunities associated with these relationships. Natural capital is another term for the stock of renewable and non-renewable resources, such as plants, animals, air, water, soil and minerals, which combine to yield a flow of benefits to people. The benefits provided by natural capital and biodiversity – healthy functioning ecosystem services - include clean air, food, water, energy, shelter, medicine, and the raw materials used to create products. They also provide less obvious benefits such as flood defence, climate regulation, pollination and recreation. Natural capital and biodiversity support all other capitals by providing essential resources, which support a healthy planet and underpin thriving societies and prosperous economies.
These impacts and dependencies create costs and benefits, not only for business, but also for society. While impacts are more commonly measured, many businesses now recognise their dependencies, such as the need for water in production processes. Understanding these connections and the associated risks and opportunities is vital to help inform better, more timely decision-making.

2) How does EBAE address this link?
Well, the EBAE seems to be moving in the right direction, the 2016 edition included a specific mention of biodiversity in the award criteria for all categories – which is good! And the Biodiversity Award winners truly deserved the award for their long-standing efforts to address biodiversity issues. However, I also see room for further improvement. As a jury member jury I recall a number of entries, which either did not consider biodiversity at all, or not as the key element of environmental performance vital for a business applying to win an environmental award. Therefore I personally hope the next revision of the EBAE award criteria will allow for a further strengthening, and even better mainstreaming, of biodiversity as an important issue for all the business awards.

3) Can you give some feedback on the Annual conference EU B&B platform?
With more than 120 businesses, public institutions and NGOs from twelve countries attending, the event on 23 November 2016 in The Hague was a resounding success. The Annual Conference of the EU B@B Platform launched an EU Community of Practice Finance@Biodiversity and highlighted the crucial role of the private sector to preserve biodiversity. The Conference highlighted the natural capital protocol as the way forward, and looked at future challenges that the Platform could help to tackle in cooperation with businesses. We aim to complement other national and international platforms like the Natural Capital Coalition and welcome more businesses with experience or interest in integrating natural capital into their decision making to join.




National Awards Ceremony: United Kingdom (Monday 6th February)

2017 United Kingdom Awards


Since the Awards were established, the UK has consistently shown its commitment to EBAE by selecting only the best innovative companies in the country. The robust selection process, the high quality of entries and active contribution to the process, show how much the UK values the EBAE and its participation to the awards.
UK Entrants for Europe are selected from the winners and runners up of RSA Accredited award schemes. RSA Accreditation is only achieved by a selected number of environmental and sustainable development award schemes, who demonstrate the high standards expected by the RSA’s Environment Awards Forum. This guarantees that entrants chosen for Europe are ‘the best of the best’; the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative companies from across the country.
Dr Malcolm Aickin, Chair of the RSA Environment Awards Forum commented on the high calibre of entries for 2016. “This year the entrants represent a very broad range of activity and diversity of achievement. It is really difficult to choose between them, but fortunately the UK’s robust and meaningful selection process ensures that only the most innovative and sustainable products, processes and management systems are selected from the many hundreds of winners of environment awards across the country. It is particularly noteworthy that this year we have strong entries for Business and Biodiversity drawn from across three of the main categories for the awards.”

The outstanding 10 companies representing the UK at the European Business Awards for the Environment are:

Management Award:

Anglesey Sea Salt
New premises, ‘Saltecote’, has sustainability and environmental considerations at the core of the project.

CMS Window Systems
Sustainability has underpinned the company since its inception in 2006. Today, CMS Window System is one of the largest UK companies designing, manufacturing and installing PVCu, aluminium and timber composite winders, doors and curtain walling. The company created a hub at their head office to encourage greater uptake of sustainable products.

Jessie Macs
Four years ago bought a traditional B&B with the aim of transforming it into the best and greenest small hostel in Scotland. Jessie Macs used the Green Tourism Business Scheme as micro EMAS and have exceeded all targets.

Product & Service Award:

Bridge Biotechnology
Bridge Biotechnology manufactures low carbon disinfection and ion removal technologies that are used in a range of industries. ESOL technology allows customers to produce a scientifically proven low chlorine disinfectant solution using minimal salt, water and electricity.

Cafeology
Founded in 2003, Cafeology supplies beverages and equipment to the UK and Europe. The Bird Friendly coffee project is the company’s most recent innovation underpinned by its sustainability principles and aims to reduce impact of coffee production on deforestation and biodiversity.

LINPAC
LINPAC is an international market leader in the manufacture of primary fresh food packaging. ‘Rfresh Elite’ was developed as the ultimate solution for meat, poultry and fish packers in search of a sustainable tray packaging option. Now more than 100 million trays are sold.

Todd Fish Tech
Created the Lobster Pod, an innovative live shellfish storage and transportation system. The system is scientifically proven to increase survival rates to over 99%, saving over £12,000 in every lorry load of shellfish.

Process Award:

Celtic Renewables
Recognised as one of the most innovative renewables companies in the UK, Celtic Renewables adapts an Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) fermentation process to produce advanced biofuel. Being applied at a whisky production centre, waste is used to produce energy.

Clearfleau
Clearfleau developed an on-site anaerobic digestion technology suited to deployment on a wide range of industrial sites, generating renewable energy from food and beverage processing residues.

Peeltech
Created in 2014 in response to issues of discharging potato peel and starch waste products, Peeltech is a system that requires no electricity and operates using only water and gravity allowing the capture of micro peel and starch that is then use in recycling or animal feed.

The RSA Environment Awards Forum is funded by DFRA and administered by IMS Consulting (Europe) Ltd. For more information please contact the RSA Secretariat via rsa@imsplc.com or vittoria.caselgrandi@imsplc.com
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Where Are They Now: CMS Window Systems (EBAE 2016-17 Winner) (Monday 30th January)

2017 Greek Awards


CMS Window Systems won the 2016-17 Management (medium and large entities) Award for their CMS Innovation Hub. Based in Scotland, CMS Window Systems is one of the UK’s largest companies designing, manufacturing and installing PVCu, aluminium and timber composite windows, doors and curtain walling systems. Since its inception in 2006, environmental, social and economic sustainability has underpinned its success.


“Winning the management category for medium and large companies at the 2016 EBAE Awards was not only a great honour but also reinforced the message to the business community across Europe that successful competitive organisations of the future will be those which, like CMS, use natural resources wisely, minimise environmental impact, value employees and build partnerships within the communities in which they operate. It has also given CMS publicity on a European stage, which has in turn exposed the organisation to potential supply chain opportunities for consideration in the future.


“A fundamental element of CMS’s sustainable business operation is the company’s Innovation Hub, which was created to showcase some of the most advanced and sustainable building envelope products available to the UK building industry. Before its renovation the Innovation Hub was an old derelict warehouse, ready for demolition with an EPC rating of ‘G’. After retrofitting CMS’s building envelope improvement solutions, the Hub is now ‘A’ rated for energy efficiency and is a working model of what can be achieved by refurbishing even the most dilapidated of buildings and avoiding filling landfill sites with demolition waste. The Innovation Hub is also a forum for wider industry debate and as such will be hosting ‘The Future of Retrofit 2017’ conference. The conference will discuss improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s housing stock and bring together Government and industry stakeholders to discuss the strategy for delivery of this essential requirement.


“Glass waste from manufacturing and recycling is returned directly by CMS to its glass supplier, Saint-Gobain, to be reintroduced into the manufacturing cycle. The core PVCu window product manufactured by CMS currently contains 38% recycled glass and the company is currently working on raising this percentage to its ambitious target of 50% by the end of 2017.


“CMS’s most recent innovation, the CMS Silent-Therm window, is the country’s first Quiet Mark approved acoustic PVCu window. “A” rated for energy performance it is able to reduce sound travel into a room by 5db, whilst at the same time optimising heat insulation and solar gain. Its development marks a step change in how noise issues for homeowners and tenants can be tackled effectively through window and door design, manufacture and installation. It significantly outperforms a standard window in terms of its ability to reduce external sounds, such as traffic and barking dogs, and offers huge potential to the millions of people who suffer the devastating effects of unwanted noise, especially at night: research shows that people whose sleep is disturbed by noise are at greater risk of developing a variety of serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, strokes and depression.”



For more information, visit CMS Window Systems




Catch-Up with an EBAE National Coordinator: Mr Rifat Unal Sayman, Turkey (Monday 16th January)

We caught up with Rifat Unal Sayman, Turkish National Coordinator to find out how the national Finalists for the European Business Awards for the Environment are selected in Turkey.


2017 Greek Awards

How does your competition work?

The Turkish national competition is held biannually. As national coordinator, REC Turkey first receives applications in November. Every year around 30 companies submit the nominations to the award programme, in particular distinguished big corporations. Next, an independent jury – including representatives from governmental institutions, business associations, academia, NGOs and media – screen the Finalists. National finalists and winners are determined with a two-round selection process, which includes interviews with shortlisted candidates between January and March of the following year. Finally, national winners are announced at the award ceremony, which takes place in June. National finalists identified to compete in the European Programme are supported by the national coordinator throughout the EBAE submission process.


2017 Greek Awards


Who attends the awards ceremony?

The national award ceremony is very prestigious and includes participation by high-level officials. The Minister of Environment and Urbanization, the Minister of European Union Affairs and the President of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) have been guests of honour for several award ceremonies over the years. Around 200 representatives from finalist companies, governmental institutions, academia, NGOs, foreign missions and international organizations attend the ceremony. As a general rule, awards are presented to the high-level executives of the companies such as the Board of Directors, CEO, Founder or General Manager.


What are your recommendations for business wanting to apply?

Unique improvement in the product, service, process or management of the company for the welfare of society, environment and financial performance is crucial. We always promote businesses who have potential to innovate at least across the EU, if not internationally.


For the management category in particular, we advise companies to develop a track record showing that they put sustainability in their business culture


And finally, what difference do you think it makes to win a European Business Award for the Environment?

First of all, EBAE serves as an international “Eco-label” by definition. Therefore, this makes the award different from its national equivalents. Companies see this prestigious European award as a priceless opportunity to boost their business, especially in terms of competition and imports.


I would also like to acknowledge the employee aspect in addition to the company aspect. My observation is that EBAE is an employee-driven process. The finest applications are usually initiated by young and educated staff working in the field. They are usually looking for innovative and sustainable solutions in their operational fields. Most of the time, it may be a challenge to convince their management of the need for change since it is a risk both for the company and the employee in case of failure. EBAE represents not only a significant status, but also a measurable appreciation for companies’ on-going efforts and new solutions.



To apply or learn more about the Turkish EBAE competition, please contact Mr Rifat Unal Sayman on +90 312 491 95 30 / rsayman@rec.org or Mr Onur Akpulat on +90 312 491 95 30 / oakpulat@rec.org.





Focus On: Eco-Innovation (Tuesday 6th December)

Lana Zutelija, Policy Officer, Unit for Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption in DG Environment, shares feedback on the European Forum on Eco-Innovation.


Eco-innovation represents a key opportunity to enable the transition to a resource efficient and circular economy while making Europe's businesses and economy stronger and more competitive and ultimately creating jobs and growth. Investments are crucial to kick-start this transition, and both the public and private sectors have their role to play in helping business grow and move us towards a circular and more sustainable future.


A wide range of SMEs and investors gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, from 26-28 October to explore new financing opportunities for eco-innovative SMEs that are moving to a circular economy business model. The 20th European Forum on Eco-Innovation brought together representatives from nearly all EU financing instruments, as well as many private investors. The participants took part in a business-to-investors matchmaking session, learned about innovative technologies verified by the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), and discovered the best performing eco-innovative companies at the European Business Awards for the Environment Ceremony.


This edition of the Forum was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment, the Ministry of Environment of Estonia and the European Commission’s Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME). It comes nearly one year after the European Commission issued the Circular Economy Package, which includes an Action Plan covering the whole life cycle of products, and revised waste legislation, currently discussed in the European Parliament and the Council Working Group.


The implementation of the Action Plan has already started. In 2016 the Commission adopted legislative proposals for online sales of goods (strengthening consumers' protection), the revised Fertilisers Regulation (in the area of secondary raw materials), guidance on unfair commercial practices (to address false green claims) and improving water reuse in water management and the Green Public Procurement revised handbook. Recently it has established the EU Platform for Food Losses and Food Waste and has adopted the Eco-design Working Plan as part of the Energy Union Winter Package. By 2017, the Commission will have prepared a Communication on Waste to Energy, measures to facilitate food donations, the "Innovation Deals" pilot project and a Plastics Strategy. By 2018, it will present an analysis to address the interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation, including how to reduce their presence and improve the tracking of chemicals of concern. The Commission is also mobilising funding for circular businesses, including the Horizon 2020 €650 million initiative ‘Industry 2020 in the circular economy’, the LIFE programme and the European Fund for Strategic Investments, including measures to support private investments in the circular economy. Moreover, Cohesion policy has allocated about €150 billion in 2014-2020 to objectives with a direct relevance to the circular economy, including €41 billion to implement the Member States' and regions' smart specialisation strategies.





Read the 2016-17 EBAE Brochure (Tuesday 15th November)

2017 Brochure


The 2016-17 EBAE brochure is here. Learn about all this year’s awards, winners, shortlisted finalists, jurors, and the awards ceremony.


Read the brochure here





See all the photos from the EBAE Awards Ceremony, Tallinn (Thursday 3rd November)

2017 Photos


From the award presentations to the after-dinner entertainment; see what happened at the 2016-17 EBAE Awards Ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia.


View all the photos here





The 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment Awards Ceremony (Tuesday 1st November)

2017 Ceremony


The 2016-17 EBAE awards ceremony took place on the 27th October 2016. The ceremony, held in the historic Seaplane Harbour, took place in Tallinn as a tribute to Estonia's fast growing reputation in Europe for successful eco-innovation companies.


The six awards were presented by Marko Pomerants, Estonian Minister of the Environment, and Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General, DG Environment. The 23 shortlisted companies were joined at the ceremony by the EBAE National Coordinators, lead jurors, representatives from the European Commission, key environmental organisations, and members of the press.


Minister Pomerants described the EBAE awards winners as "Europe's best of the best; Europe’s most environmentally friendly and Europe’s most innovative," adding, "all the Finalists for this year’s EBAEs have taken important steps to take us closer to a resource efficient circular economy; and we are here to celebrate their achievements. These enterprises prove that eco-innovation has a key role in European competitiveness."


Accepting the Business and Biodiversity Award on behalf of Hipp-Werk Georg Hipp to enthusiastic applause, Barbara Fillenberg said “this award is an inspiration for us to further foster our efforts to enhance biodiversity.”


Johann Fournil of M2i Life Sciences, winner of the Process Award, said “we are honoured to receive this prestigious award. It is an incredible reward for the team who believed in the story and worked hard to make it possible.”


Beaming with gratitude as he accepted the Product and Services Award on behalf of Turkish SME, Hydromx, Ümit Özdoruk said “we embraced the challenge to deliver a better, cleaner world for our children. By honouring us with this award, you have increased our responsibility to do this, and we will work harder and harder to achieve this. We are honoured to accept this EBAE award.”


Receiving the International Business Cooperation award on behalf of Netherlands SME, Fairphone, Taco van Sambeek said “We are so honoured and grateful to receive this award. This award is as much for our international partners as it is for us – a small Dutch company with a social mission. It is possible to change how products are made, but only if we do it together.”


Acknowledging the applause from the audience and his fellow finalists, János Handó of Hungarian SME Ladybird Farm Leisure Center (winner of the Management Award, Micro and Small Entities) said “we are honoured to be standing in front of you here to accept this award. It means that we are doing something good, and that we are doing it well. This award is recognition of all of our staff who promote our principles and values every day. This award also gives us the encouragement to go further, and to turn our ideas into plans, and our plans into reality.”


Martin McCrimmon of CMS Window Systems, winner of the Management Award (Medium and Large Entities), said “we’re absolutely delighted to win this award. It’s a testament to the hard work of everyone in the team, and the commitment they’ve shown to helping put sustainability at the forefront of everything we do.”


The obvious pride of the winners (and the runners-up) on their awards’ success was, naturally enough, partly as a result of their success, partly because all their hard work had been recognised by their peers, but also because they saw the ceremony as just the start of a new era for their companies. Success breeds success; and success in the EBAE awards gives each winner a new marketing story to tell; a new reason why potential customers should seek them out; and a new motive why talented future employees will want to join in that success.


Most importantly of all, the smiles on the face of the winners at the EBAE ceremony were proof positive that eco-innovation means a profitable and viable business; more jobs; and a valuable contribution to economic growth.


Congratulations to all the finalists from all of us at DG Environment and our very best wishes for the future.





Promoter’s Network: European Aluminium (Monday 31st October)

2017 European Aluminium


This month, European Aluminium discusses the industry’s sustainability agenda for the next decade.


Responsible production, innovative applications and social dimension: these are the three main axes of the European aluminium industry’s “Sustainability Roadmap towards 2025”, an ambitious project which sets objectives and targets beyond legislative requirements for the aluminium sector, throughout the next decade. This initiative, highly welcomed by EU officials and stakeholders, was launched in 2015 by European Aluminium and its 80+ members, driven by the joint conviction that aluminium will be a key enabler of Europe’s transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy, and will respond to tomorrow’s societal needs.


In the context of the ongoing implementation phase of the Sustainability Roadmap, European Aluminium and its members have embarked on a journey to implement concrete action plans and ensure the exchange of best practices. Looking at the environmental performance, one of the key areas covered by the project, special attention is devoted to reduction of water and energy consumption, and better management of industrial waste and greenhouse gas emissions.


Progress will be regularly monitored and transparently reported along the way, continuing the long-standing tradition of publishing the sector’s Sustainability Development Indicators. In parallel, a regular dialogue with stakeholders will ensure alignment and recognition of external inputs.


For more information visit http://european-aluminium.eu/policy-areas/sustainability/ or contact Sandro Starita (Director Environment, Health and Safety & Sustainability at European Aluminium) via starita@european-aluminium.eu





National Awards Ceremony: Greek National Ceremony Of The European Business Awards For The Environment (Friday 28th October)

2017 Greek Awards


On the 19th October, the Greek EBAE ceremony took place at the Eugenides Foundation. The Minister of Interior & Administrative Reconstruction Mr. Panagiotis Kouroublis and the Minister of Environment Mr. Yannis Tsironis were present at the ceremony, which highlighted 9 companies that promoted innovation, sustainable development, circular economy and environmental protection in the last 2 years.


The Panhellenic Association of Environmental Protection Enterprises (PASEPPE) together with the EU Representation in Greece awarded the following Greek companies that excelled during the last two years in innovation technology, sustainable development, environmental protection and circular economy.



Managment Award:

1st Prize: Piraeus Bank S.A.


For almost 12 years, Piraeus Bank, one of the 4 biggest banks in Greece, has been implementing an integrated environmental approach under the auspices of the Board of Directors. In this context, an Environmental Management System (EMS) has been developed and expanded to cover all its branches and administration buildings.


2nd Prize: OTE Group of Companies


OTE Group is the leading telecommunications provider in Greece and one of the leading telecommunications providers in South East Europe. It is a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group (DT holds a 40% share) and comprises the parent company OTE SA, and its subsidiaries. The Group presented a very efficient integrated environmental policy and management scheme based on an Environmental Management System (EMS) certified according to ISO 14001:2004.


3rd Prize: ΜΕΤΚΑ S.A.


METKA is a leading engineering contractor and industrial manufacturing group, active within the Energy, Infrastructure and Defence sectors. The company implemented an interesting system for the Inventory Management and Reporting of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, in compliance with the requirements of the International Standard ISO 14064.




Product & Services Award:

1st Prize: Coca Cola 3e S.A.


Coca-Cola HBC Greece is one of the biggest non-alcoholic beverage bottlers in the Greek market, producing and distributing a variety of products, which includes the natural mineral water AVRA. The company developed and produced the new, innovative Eco-Flex 500ml and 1,5l PET bottles for AVRA, which contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions and volume of plastic used, whilst increasing recycling.


2nd Prize: Hellenic Petroleum S.A.


EKO ABEE, s subsidiary of Hellenic Petroleum, has successfully completed the launch of an innovative differentiated product, the new “diesel AVIO Double Filtered”, which combines the advantages of two distinctive technologies; the double filter technology of aviation fuels and the newest, cutting edge technology of chemical additives. The final result for the customers is a premium diesel fuel, which increases engine protection and fuel efficiency, while reducing air emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2).


3rd Prize: Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (Eydap)


EYDAP is the largest company of its kind in Greece. It supplies approximately 4,300,000 customers with water through an extensive network of 2,020,000 water meters and a 9,500 km of water pipes. The company has presented an innovative small footprint packaged treatment plant, which allows for sewer mining for urban reuse enabled by Advanced Monitoring Infrastructure (AMI) and Decision Support System (DSS).




Process Award:

1st Prize: Hellenic Environmental Center S.A.


The company is engaged in the handling of oily waste and residues from shipping, as these are specified and regulated by the International Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78) and its amendments. They have developed an innovative oily waste treatment array for use in a MARPOL PLANT, which allows the separation of low and high flash point ship generated oil-water waste into high flash point recovered oil, cleaned water and solids, which can be operated in an urban environment.


2nd Prize: Gastouni SU Unilever - Knorr S.A.


Gastouni SU Unilever is a tomato factory, which acts as one of Knorr’s major suppliers for tomato products. In 2010 the company launched an innovative farming programme to showcase how sustainable farming can change the lives of individuals and communities, while at the same time strongly benefitting the environment. The programme has already made a remarkable difference in the lives of the 100 farmers and their families involved and allowed the company to be one of the main providers of excellent quality tomato pulp to Unilever Knorr’s food factories in Europe. Within the first 4 years of its implementation, impressive progress has been made in delicate environmental issues, such as water and waste management and lower CO2 emissions.


3rd Prize: Helector S.A.


HELECTOR S.A. is the environmental branch of the ELLAKTOR Group of Companies that is mainly active in the field of waste management. The company operates the sole integrated hazardous medical waste incinerator in the Athens metropolitan area, with the capacity to treat 30 tons per day. In the operational framework, HELECTOR S.A. designed and applies an innovative hazardous medical waste traceability programme, tailor-made for the incinerator’s operation. The traceability project facilitates the on-line monitoring of the waste produced in the sanitary units, including the stages of production in the sanitary units, collection and transportation, reception, temporary storage, treatment, until the removal of the ashes produced from the facility.



For further details, please contact Antonis Papadakis (EBAE National Coordinator for Greece) at apapadakis@arvisolar.gr




Results of the 2016-17 European Business Awards for the Environment (Thursday 27th October)

Jury 2017 Shortlist


The 2016-17 competition saw 148 entries from 21 EU Member States and candidate countries. The six winners below were each outstanding in their field, and all demonstrated progress through a combination of innovation, economic viability, environmental concern and social responsibility.


Congratulations to all the exceptional winners and finalists!


The International Business Cooperation Award:

This Award is for an international business cooperation involving at least one private entity from the European Union, and another from the private, public, non-governmental or academic sector in an emerging or developing country. The cooperation must be a business relationship which makes a significant contribution to sustainable development (environmental protection, economic development, and social development) by transferring or sharing an innovation, which can be a product, service, process, or a management system.


WINNER:


Company: Fairphone BV (Netherlands)

Project: Fairphone


Fairphone is a Dutch social enterprise based in Amsterdam that is building a movement for fairer electronics. As the world’s first ethical modular smartphone provider, it leads by example and inspires the industry as a whole to act more responsibly. It puts social and environmental values at the core of business, and works to create a competition around fairness rather than technology. Fairphone sources materials that support local economies; conflict-free tin and tantalum in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fairtrade gold from Peru, and it is working to integrate responsibly mined tungsten.


Contact: Daria Koreniushkina (daria@fairphone.com)

Website: www.fairphone.com


The Management Award (medium and large entities):

This Award is for a successful organisation (or group of organisations) with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performances. To reach this objective efficiently, the environmental management scheme should be driven by the key principles of strategic integration, performance improvement, transparency and credibility. In all these regards, the organisation must show that it is leading the field and setting an example for others to follow.


WINNER:


Company: CMS Window Systems (United Kingdom)

Project: CMS Innovation Hub

CMS Window Systems have created a unique facility; the CMS Innovation Hub – a previously derelict building, G-rated for energy – where daily energy costs are now around £3.50 due to external ‘stone wool’ insulation, thermally efficient windows and doors, energy-efficient lighting and IT equipment, and a heat recovery heat pump climate control system. The Hub is a working model of energy efficiency and proof that filling landfill sites with demolition waste can be avoided. Its use is free-of-charge for theoretical and practical training for stakeholders and peer organisations, providing them with the latest information on industry standards, sustainable construction practices and energy saving products.


Contact: Sarah Wilson (SarahW@CMSWindows.com)

Website: www.cmswindows.com


The Management Award (micro and small entities):

This Award is for a successful organisation (or group of organisations) with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performances. To reach this objective efficiently, the environmental management scheme should be driven by the key principles of strategic integration, performance improvement, transparency and credibility. In all these regards, the organisation must show that it is leading the field and setting an example for others to follow.


WINNER:


Company: Ladybird Farm Leisure Center (Katica Tanya) (Hungary)

Project: Tourism in a sustainable way


Ladybird Farm Leisure Centre was established to promote a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature and the environment. Attracting 65,000 visitors and providing 12,000 guest nights a year, Ladybird Farm has developed attractions that do not consume any energy, or, if they do, the farm produces the necessary energy from renewable sources. A key element of its sustainability concept is the extensive use of renewable energy sources; the centre covers 80% of its energy need from sustainable sources through photovoltaic solar panels and biomass. Ladybird Farm considers social value as equally important as financial profit, and in keeping with this it introduced the concept of “Pay by Waste”; visitors can pay a part of their entrance fee using household waste, such as paper.


Contact: János Handó (hando.janos@katicatanya.hu)

Website: www.katicatanya.hu


The Product and Services Award:

This Award is for the successful placing on the market of a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. The product or service may be a new or modified design, or the innovative application of an existing one, in a way that promotes more sustainable patterns of production and consumption or contributes to a sustainable circular economy. Applications for this Award should represent the ‘cutting edge’ of sustainable product and service development, setting an example for others to follow.


WINNER:


Company: Hydromx International A.S. (Turkey)

Project: Energy Efficient Heat Transfer Fluid for Heating and Cooling


Hydromx is a revolutionary nanofluid that achieved a step change in heat transfer efficiency with its enhanced heat transmission capability, generating substantial savings (up to 35%) in energy consumption of closed loop hydronic heating and cooling systems, and so also a decrease in carbon emissions. Its products can be used in extreme temperature conditions without the need for additional chemicals such as antifreeze. In addition to the direct benefits, the product has the potential to create its own ecosystem of new Cleantech products with enhanced energy efficiency due to improved hydronic heat transfer properties.


Contact: Mr Cenk Göker (cgoker@hydromx.com)

Website: www.hydromx.com


The Process Award:

This Award is for the successful application of an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods. A new production solution may involve the application of entirely new processes or techniques, or the innovative application of existing ones. In either case, the solution adopted should make a positive contribution to the environment while also contributing to the economic and social aspects of sustainable development.


WINNER:


Company: M2i Life Sciences (France)

Project: Pheromonal mating disruption through paintball against the pine processionary moth


M2i is a leading company in integrated pest management using pheromones. They have developed a patented technology which produces sexual pheromones for particular insects and pests, in order to protect crops without the use of pesticides. The use of pheromones is a green and efficient solution; it is selective, leaves no residue, creates no eutrophication, the insect develops no resistance, and there is no harm caused to nearby residents or the product administrators. The pine processionary moth is an invasive pest found in Europe that has a significant environmental impact and is harmful to both animals and humans. Their numbers have been drastically reduced thanks to the M2i method, which involves placing pheromonal gel into a paintball pellet and firing it into the trees where the moths are found.


Contact: Johann Fournil (johann.fournil@m2i-lifesciences.com)

Website: www.m2i-lifesciences.com


The Business & Biodiversity Award:

Entries submitted under the main EBAE categories can also be submitted for the Business & Biodiversity Award. This Special Mention is for a successful business model, management scheme, product and service or international cooperation, which makes a significant contribution to halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems.


WINNER:


Company: HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG (Germany)

Project: 20 Years of HiPP Sustainability Management


HiPP is a high quality baby food manufacturer whose products are made from organic raw materials in harmony with nature. HiPP is a founder member of the international initiative ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’, whose objectives include conserving biological diversity, the sustainable use of components, and a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources. HiPP’s sustainability management has incorporated biodiversity into the company’s operations as a dedicated department that considers the entire supply chain, thus implementing systematic sustainability management at every level and anchoring the statement: ‘Being a HiPP staff member means being a sustainability staff member’.


Contact: Barbara Fillenberg (barbara.fillenberg@hipp.de) or Clemens Preysing (pressestelle@hipp.de)

Website: www.hipp.com




Friday 21st October - 6. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Business & Biodiversity Award:

Entries submitted under the main EBAE categories can also be submitted for the Business & Biodiversity Award. This Special Mention is for a successful business model, management scheme, product and service or international cooperation, which makes a significant contribution to halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems.


Shortlisted Companies

Cafeology United Kingdom

Bird-Friendly Coffee Initiative


After learning of the impact coffee production can have on the global deforestation of tropical forests and biodiversity, Cafeology took action to source a bird-friendly shade-grown coffee to supply to the UK hospitality and catering market. It is estimates that coffee, being the second most traded commodity in the world after oil, is drunk 30,000 times every second. What sets this coffee apart is its product purity; its coffee is the only one guaranteed to be 100% organic, grown in sufficient shade to maintain maximum biodiversity.


Contact: Bryan Unkles (bryan.unkles@cafeology.com)

Website: www.cafeology.com


Companhia das Lezírias, SA (Portugal)

Forest management on behalf of biodiversity


Since 2006, Companhia das Lezírias has been investing in a forest management system that aims to increase the effectiveness of ecosystem services, and, as a result, the amount and quality of goods produced in a 110 km2 area that is mostly included in Rede Natura 2000. The system includes three vectors: reinforcing productivity using modern silviculture methods; deepening the knowledge we have about natural capital and how it is impacted by agroforestry, and campaigns for protecting ecosystems; and encouraging the social wellbeing that job creation and knowledge brings to nature tourism, and how it makes visitors aware of the importance of nature conservation.


Contact: Rui Alves (rui.alves@cl.pt)

Website: www.cl.pt/htmls/pt/home.shtml


HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG (Germany)

20 Years of HiPP Sustainability Management


HiPP is a high quality baby food manufacturer whose products are made from organic raw materials in harmony with nature. HiPP is a founder member of the international initiative ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’, whose objectives include conserving biological diversity, the sustainable use of components, and a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources. HiPP’s sustainability management has incorporated biodiversity into the company’s operations as a dedicated department that considers the entire supply chain, thus implementing systematic sustainability management at every level and anchoring the statement: ‘Being a HiPP staff member means being a sustainability staff member’.


Contact: Barbara Fillenberg (barbara.fillenberg@hipp.de) or Clemens Preysing (pressestelle@hipp.de)

Website: www.hipp.com


Wilhelms GmbH (Germany)

Seed treatment with plant-associated soil-microorganisms to improve plant yield and resistance in industrial and organic sustainable agriculture


Wilhelms GmbH produces easily applicable soil-microorganisms for use in agriculture to improve yields, reduce chemical fertilizer inputs, and improve drought resistance and resistance against pathogens. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plant growth promoting (rhizo) bacteria (PGPR) can strongly improve plant nutrient uptake and growth performance. This is a ‘natural’ principle for the vast majority of plants, and Wilhelms GmbH improve soil quality and plant growth by adding AMF and PGPR directly to plant seeds.


Contact: Arthur Schüßler (as@wilhelmsbest.de)

Website: www.wilhelmsbest.de




Wednesday 19th October - 5. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Process Award:

This Award is for the successful application of an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods. A new production solution may involve the application of entirely new processes or techniques, or the innovative application of existing ones. In either case, the solution adopted should make a positive contribution to the environment while also contributing to the economic and social aspects of sustainable development.


Shortlisted Companies

Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH (Germany)

The sunliquid® process


Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has successfully developed an efficient and economic process for the production of cellulosic ethanol and sugars from agricultural residues such as wheat straw, corn stover, and sugarcane bagasse. Cellulosic ethanol produced from agricultural residues – a resource globally available in high quantities within current agricultural practices – allows a significant reduction in CO2. By 2020, one quarter of the EU´s demand for gasoline could be met by cellulosic ethanol while, at the same time, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% compared with fossil fuels.


Contact: Yvonne Reissner (yvonne.reissner@clariant.com) or Paolo Corvo (paolo.corvo@clariant.com)

Website: www.clariant.com


Direct Current BV (Netherlands)

DC grids, the missing link to a sustainable future


Direct Current BV's mission is to make DC (Direct Current) the basis for a sustainable world. The company aims to research and to develop the missing links for the DC grid, which can lead to the development of smart cities. The benefits of smart DC grids include savings of more than 38% on raw materials, enhanced safety, and an increase in power delivered via the existing cables.


Contact: Harry Stokman (harry@dc.expert)

Website: www.directcurrent.eu


M2i Life Sciences (France)

Pheromonal mating disruption through paintball against the pine processionary moth


M2i is a leading company in integrated pest management using pheromones. They have developed a patented technology which produces sexual pheromones for particular insects and pests, in order to protect crops without the use of pesticides. The use of pheromones is a green and efficient solution; it is selective, leaves no residue, creates no eutrophication, the insect develops no resistance, and there is no harm caused to nearby residents or the product administrators. The pine processionary moth is an invasive pest found in Europe that has a significant environmental impact and is harmful to both animals and humans. Their numbers have been drastically reduced thanks to the M2i method, which involves placing pheromonal gel into a paintball pellet and firing it into the trees where the moths are found.


Contact: Johann Fournil (johann.fournil@m2i-lifesciences.com)

Website: www.m2i-lifesciences.com


VESTEL Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. (Turkey)

Environmentally-friendly Nano chrome coating system in LCD TV and smartphone manufacturing industries


Vestel develops new process technologies providing an improved quality of LCD TV and smartphone products; it increases both competitive capacity and productivity, and environmentally friendly products and processes. It developed the nano chrome coating process (which integrates Ultraviolet curing coating and Physical Vapor Deposition sputtering processes) to avoid producing waste and using dangerous chemicals.


Contact: Mr. Ömer Gökçe Kuyucu (omer.kuyucu@vestel.com.tr)

Website: www.vestel.com.tr




Monday 17th October - 4. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Product and Services Award:

This Award is for the successful placing on the market of a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. The product or service may be a new or modified design, or the innovative application of an existing one, in a way that promotes more sustainable patterns of production and consumption or contributes to a sustainable circular economy. Applications for this Award should represent the ‘cutting edge’ of sustainable product and service development, setting an example for others to follow.


Shortlisted Companies

Aquarden Technologies ApS (Denmark)

Destruction of toxic and environmentally problematic substances in industrial wastewater with Waterox


Aquarden Technologies’ high-tech Waterox system completely destroys problematic substances in industrial wastewater at the source of pollution. Using the supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) method, which involves the use of high temperature and high pressure, hardly degradable and organic components can be removed and broken down into harmless substances like CO2 and N2. Designed to help businesses across a variety of industries, Waterox offers a cost-efficient and green solution that reuses energy and water.


Contact: Christine Qvistorff (cq@aquarden.com)

Website: www.aquarden.com


FELOR (France)

ALGO PAINT: Sustainable and eco-friendly algae-based decorative paint


Felor’s ALGO PAINT is a patented and innovative indoor decorative paint. It is EU Ecolabel certified, and composed from 98% bio-based raw materials, including algae from the French coasts. As a low carbon solution, ALGO PAINT has a short supply chain that allows a carbon footprint reduction. This new generation of paint bypasses raw material derivatives of petroleum, and meets the challenge of plant-based chemistry. It has an innovative composition based on algae selected for their thickening properties and lamellar structures (which give high-covering properties), and bio-sourced vegetal resin, and natural pigments which allow an easy application and a faster drying and recovering time. This natural composition allows a reduction in particular VOCs emissions, thus improving indoor air quality and making buildings more thermally efficient.


Contact: Lionel Bouillon (bouillon@felor.net) or Olivier Lefeuvre (olivier.lefeuvre@felor.net) or Linda Fournier (linda@soexport.net)

Website: www.peinture-algo.fr


Hydromx International A.S. (Turkey)

Energy Efficient Heat Transfer Fluid for Heating and Cooling


Hydromx is a revolutionary nanofluid that achieved a step change in heat transfer efficiency with its enhanced heat transmission capability, generating substantial savings (up to 35%) in energy consumption of closed loop hydronic heating and cooling systems, and so also a decrease in carbon emissions. Its products can be used in extreme temperature conditions without the need for additional chemicals such as antifreeze. In addition to the direct benefits, the product has the potential to create its own ecosystem of new Cleantech products with enhanced energy efficiency due to improved hydronic heat transfer properties.


Contact: Mr Cenk Göker (cgoker@hydromx.com)

Website: www.hydromx.com


ONYX SOLAR ENERGY S.L. (Spain)

Photovoltaic building material for buildings and urban furnishing


Onyx Solar is a company devoted to the design, manufacture and development of photovoltaic glass for construction and refurbishment purposes. Already installed in 20 countries, it offers a range of solutions that replace conventional building materials – used in façades, canopies, curtain walls, and skylights – with materials with photovoltaic properties. Besides the ability to generate electricity, its solutions are equipped with energy-saving, passive properties such as thermal and acoustic isolation, see-through attributes that let daylight in, and UV/IR filtering.


Contact: Adriano Muñoz (marketing@onyxsolar.com)

Website: www.onyxsolar.com




Friday 14th October - 3. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Management Award (micro and small entities):

This Award is for a successful organisation (or group of organisations) with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performances. To reach this objective efficiently, the environmental management scheme should be driven by the key principles of strategic integration, performance improvement, transparency and credibility. In all these regards, the organisation must show that it is leading the field and setting an example for others to follow.


Shortlisted Companies

Agrotechnical Services SL (Spain)

Vivencia Dehesa: conservation, improvement and development of dehesa landscape, with economic and environmental approach.


The essence of the Vivencia Dehesa Project is to achieve the sustainable development of the economic activities that were originally designed to improve the biodiversity of the ecosystems present in Valdepajares de Tajo. The strategies proposed to achieve these objectives are: to grow and harvest aromatic and medicinal plants using regenerative agriculture techniques; to protect ecosystems and species actively; and, the cornerstone of the project, to share with society the benefits of nature conservation, showing that conservation is not at odds with economic growth, thus encouraging other owners of natural spaces to undertake the sustainable management of their property.


Contact: Carmen Perona Guillamón (vivenciadehesa@gmail.com)

Website: www.vivenciadehesa.es


Ewaste Canarias S.L. (Spain)

Ewaste


Ewaste has commissioned, and is now operating, the most up-to-date electronic and electrical equipment waste treatment plant in Europe. Ewaste has prevented the emission of an average of 480,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, acting as a "vital carbon sink" in the fight against global warming. As the first plant in the world to treat and convert refrigeration gases using landfill biogas as the power source, it has treated more than 8,000 tonnes of waste, with a guaranteed decontamination rate of 99.8%, since the company was founded less than five years ago.


Contact: Tania Bethencourt (innovacion@ewaste.es)

Website: www.ewaste.es


Jessie Mac’s (United Kingdom)

Jessie Mac's 10:10:10


Jessie Mac’s is a luxury green hostel in rural Scotland which, in four years, has transformed a 150 year-old energy guzzling building and a site unsuited to renewables, into a sustainable hostel whose total number of guests has increased by 69%, whilst energy use per guest has been cut by 37%. By using a micro environmental management system (EMS) as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, it has generated 3,500 extra bed nights, worth around £200,000 of additional value to the local economy. In addition to recycling around 90% of their waste, the hostel ensures that as many as possible of the products used are organically and locally produced.


Contact: Brenda Roddy (info@jessiemacs.co.uk)

Website: www.jessiemacs.co.uk


Ladybird Farm Leisure Center (Katica Tanya) (Hungary)

Tourism in a sustainable way


Ladybird Farm Leisure Centre was established to promote a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature and the environment. Attracting 65,000 visitors and providing 12,000 guest nights a year, Ladybird Farm has developed attractions that do not consume any energy, or, if they do, the farm produces the necessary energy from renewable sources. A key element of its sustainability concept is the extensive use of renewable energy sources; the centre covers 80% of its energy need from sustainable sources through photovoltaic solar panels and biomass. Ladybird Farm considers social value as equally important as financial profit, and in keeping with this it introduced the concept of “Pay by Waste”; visitors can pay a part of their entrance fee using household waste, such as paper.


Contact: János Handó (hando.janos@katicatanya.hu)

Website: www.katicatanya.hu




Wednesday 12th October - 2. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Management Award (medium and large entities):

This Award is for a successful organisation (or group of organisations) with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performances. To reach this objective efficiently, the environmental management scheme should be driven by the key principles of strategic integration, performance improvement, transparency and credibility. In all these regards, the organisation must show that it is leading the field and setting an example for others to follow.


Shortlisted Companies

BILLA Bulgaria EOOD (Bulgaria)

Utilization of biodegradable waste


Since the municipality of Sofia’s biogas (electricity) facility started operation in January 2014, BILLA has worked together with the facility to produce compost and biogas out of the waste they produce. This project has multiple goals: reducing the waste that reaches landfill; giving a positive example of doing business in a responsible way; and becoming a leader in integrating sustainability into the business model in retail. BILLA is the only big retail chain in Bulgaria that cooperates directly with the biogas facility. In 2015 BILLA utilized 30% (626 metric tonnes) of all the waste it generated in Bulgaria. The long-term goal is to reach 100%, which will be possible when the waste-to-energy infrastructure is in place in all major cities in Bulgaria.


Contact: Valentina Bebeva (v.bebeva@billa.bg)

Website: www.billa.bg


CMS Window Systems (United Kingdom)

CMS Innovation Hub


CMS Window Systems have created a unique facility; the CMS Innovation Hub – a previously derelict building, G-rated for energy – where daily energy costs are now around £3.50 due to external ‘stone wool’ insulation, thermally efficient windows and doors, energy-efficient lighting and IT equipment, and a heat recovery heat pump climate control system. The Hub is a working model of energy efficiency and proof that filling landfill sites with demolition waste can be avoided. Its use is free-of-charge for theoretical and practical training for stakeholders and peer organisations, providing them with the latest information on industry standards, sustainable construction practices and energy saving products.


Contact: Sarah Wilson (SarahW@CMSWindows.com)

Website: www.cmswindows.com


Interface Europe BV (Netherlands)

Interface Mission Zero


Interface’s mid-course correction steered the company away from the typical take-make-waste business model toward one that’s renewable, cyclical, and benign. A new focus emerged: to radically redesign processes and products, and to pioneer new technologies and systems that reduce or eliminate waste and harmful emissions, while increasing the use of renewable materials and energy sources. Through innovation, the development of new partnerships, a unique business model, absolute transparency on the environmental impact of products, and a determination in all layers of the company, Interface has accomplished impressive results.


Contact: Martijn Jonk (mjonk@ivcb.nl)

Website: www.interface.com/EU/nl-NL/homepage


Piraeus Bank S.A (Greece)

The Expandability of a Robust Certified Environmental Management System (EMS)


The expansion of Piraeus Bank’s robust EMS, certified under EMAS and ISO 14001, provides a comprehensive framework for recording, monitoring and ultimately reducing the environmental impacts associated with the Bank's operation and has environmental, social and economic benefits. During the last 7 years, and as a result of the implementation of the EMS, the Bank has achieved a significant reduction of its operational environmental impacts. Since 2008, CO2 emissions have been reduced by 20% per m2 (while at the same time the Bank tripled in size). Moreover, a specially-trained employee has been appointed as Environmental Management Coordinator (ΕΜC) at each branch and each administration building, in order to provide top quality data collection for the environmental programmes and to ensure that the environmental targets are met. The net economic benefit from the implementation of environmental programmes, related to energy saving, resource efficiency, digitization of internal procedures and promotion of electronic banking, is at least €5 million annually.


Contact: Dimitrios Dimopoulos (DimopoulosD@piraeusbank.gr)

Website: www.piraeusbank.gr, www.piraeusbankgroup.com




Monday 10th October - 1. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The International Business Cooperation Award:

This Award is for an international business cooperation involving at least one private entity from the European Union, and another from the private, public, non-governmental or academic sector in an emerging or developing country. The cooperation must be a business relationship which makes a significant contribution to sustainable development (environmental protection, economic development, and social development) by transferring or sharing an innovation, which can be a product, service, process, or a management system.


Shortlisted Companies

Fairphone BV (Netherlands)

Fairphone


Fairphone is a Dutch social enterprise based in Amsterdam that is building a movement for fairer electronics. As the world’s first ethical modular smartphone provider, it leads by example and inspires the industry as a whole to act more responsibly. It puts social and environmental values at the core of business, and works to create a competition around fairness rather than technology. Fairphone sources materials that support local economies; conflict-free tin and tantalum in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fairtrade gold from Peru, and it is working to integrate responsibly mined tungsten.


Contact: Daria Koreniushkina (daria@fairphone.com)

Website: www.fairphone.com


Industrial Solar GmbH (Germany)

Solar Process Heating in developing and emerging economies


Industrial Solar has developed, and successfully proven, a technology for solar process heating in emerging and developing countries that not only reduces CO2 emissions and pollutions, but also contributes significantly to the socio-economic development. Its core product, the Fresnel collector, is a linear concentrating solar thermal collector optimized for industrial applications. By the very nature of the Fresnel collector, the best geographic application is within the Sunbelt countries. As a result, almost all of its key markets are developing or emerging economies where, from the very beginning, Industrial Solar has made a substantial part of its turnover.


Contact: Tobias Schwind (tobias.schwind@industrial-solar.de)

Website: www.industrial-solar.de


Madinter Trade, S.L. (Spain)

Crelicam: Transforming Cameroonian ebony


Madinter’s Crelicam project has established a solid business in Cameroon exporting legal and socially responsible ebony for use in the world’s music industry. In their activities in Cameroon, Madinter generates added value in the country by creating better jobs, with better pay and better working conditions, thus improving the quality of life of its employees and the local communities. In order to achieve this goal, Madinter moved the processing of ebony closer to its source. By selling a manufactured product, it can defend a fair price for ebony that respects the value of the natural product and acts as a motor for economic development.


Contact: Luisa Fiona Willsher (luisa@madinter.com)

Website: www.madinter.com




Friday 7th October - Where are they now: PerfoTec (EBAE 2014-15 finalist)

Jury 2017 PerfoTec


The Dutch company PerfoTec was shortlisted in the 2014-2015 EBAE Product and Services Award. PerfoTec received its nomination for its latest innovation, which extends the freshness of fruits and vegetables, reducing waste at companies such as UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S).


PerfoTec BV’s mission is to allow people to enjoy fruits and vegetables while reducing waste. The company’s Respiration Control System extends the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables up to 100%. In order to stay fresh, fruits and vegetables need oxygen but the amount varies by type of product and also changes throughout the year. By controlling the amount of oxygen, the respiration rate and the ageing process can be slowed down.


PerfoTec achieves this by adjusting the permeability of the packaging using micro-perforations invisible to the human eye. It can make the difference between one to three days of extra shelf life. In-store results with grapes and berries show that this product can reduce in-store waste by 50%. And can increase sales by 10% due to better product quality.


The EBAE nomination has given PerfoTec considerable publicity, which has helped to raise the company’s visibility. Since then the company has launched other innovative solutions. While the initial solution focused on in-store retail packaging, PerfoTec has also developed a transport solution: The Flexfresh Liner – smart plastic bags that can be used while transporting fruit and vegetables. The extended freshness results in less weight loss and better preservation of the quality. Additionally, it enables cheaper transportation methods and new export opportunities.


More recently PerfoTec has introduced a Packaging Solution for Flowers. This groundbreaking technology promises to be a game changer in the floral industry. Making it possible to store, sell and send fresh flowers without the use of water whilst maintaining their freshness. This will make the use of water in the supply chain redundant. The company was awarded the innovation award for best new packing/ Processing Equipment at this years’ United Fresh Convention held in Chicago.




Wednesday 5th October - Catch-up with an EBAE Juror: Ado Lõhmus

We caught up with Chairman of the 2016-17 jury, Ado Lõhmus, to find out more about the judging process for the European Business Awards for the Environment.


Jury 2017 Ado Lõhmus


1) How does the jury process work?

Every jury member has their highlights in the list of Finalists – usually those who stand out in your mind as the most innovative and memorable. Of course, there are differences in the evaluation method of every juror. But by sorting out the top three to four candidates of each judge and comparing the common preferences, you soon start to see patterns emerge between the decisions of the various jurors and find common ground.

So even with the variety in the evaluation system for every juror, we can still go back to the evaluation criteria and the highlights for the judges, and discuss the strengths of these candidates to reach agreement on who should make the shortlist.


2) What do you think has been the main catalyst to the growth of eco-innovative businesses that we have seen in recent years?

The market for eco-innovative businesses is created both by the customers as well as business strategy. Scarcity of primary raw material in Europe has led to more nature-based solutions. We have started to learn more from processes in nature and how to use them in traditional business cases. So if a customer has a clear way to decide for a more environmentally friendly or resource-efficient product or service, this will create the business opportunity for the producer. For example, with the introduction of energy labels, we have seen the rise in energy efficient technology such as the simplest refrigerators with energy efficiency markings developing from A and A+ to A+++; each incremental level carrying a higher price, but also more market opportunities. Each of these developments is both an innovation and a business opportunity.

Also, those businesses with innovative solutions (particularly in relation to resource-scarce products) will lead the market. There isn’t always a need for great innovation in terms of production; sometimes it is just about improving the process or doing something in a more streamlined, innovative way. For example, success can be in the form of a simple but smart e-solution for the customers.


3) Do you think it is easier for a large, well-established company to focus on green initiatives vs a micro SME? What are the challenges each have to face in this respect?

Both have different challenges. Large companies are able to take more risks and make bigger investments. SMEs can be much more flexible and try out new and innovative ideas in shorter time scales and with less cost. In this respect, it is often easier for smaller companies to be the disruptors and test innovative solutions in the market. As the ideas become more fully realized, bigger companies can feel safer making investments in similar solutions. It takes more time for large company to make changes, but when they do, it can have a major impact on the market.

So this is fully dependent on whether we are talking about eco-innovation in the production method or in the service efficiency. The latter is more suitable for SMEs. In many ways, for SMEs, the challenges are in executing the solution efficiently and successfully against later competition. For larger companies, changes are more complex, so they must be first tested and compatible with existing solutions.


4) From a policy perspective, what more should the European Commission do to promote eco-innovative practices for new and existing businesses (from micro startups through to large industry leaders)?

I think there are many initiatives and financing opportunities for eco-innovative practices in EU. But the businesses are not finding or creating the market for these. Most of the EU initiatives for eco-innovation are production oriented (i.e. regulations on pollution), but these will not translate in the price or the quality of the product. They also lessen the competitiveness of EU businesses but do not influence non-EU business’ production.

This means, we need more promotion when it comes to customer demand (educating consumers on why they should place a premium on eco-friendly products and services). This is related to clear signals of eco-friendly products in the way of labels, but also environmentally-related price signals. The effect of this will create a market for more eco-innovative solutions indifferent to the production country, and also give the customers information on whether the products they are purchasing and consuming are eco-friendly.


5) What makes a winning entry?

Innovativeness, an eco-efficient and added-value solution, potential for development across local or global use, and the potential to create a whole new market area. In short, an idea or solution that really differs from what others are already doing.


6) Finally, what are your recommendations for businesses wanting to apply in future?

Try to highlight what is special about your project. What makes it unique and innovative; how are you ‘changing the world’?





Monday 3rd October - EBAE 2016-17 Shortlist Announced

Following the meeting of the jury panel in Bratislava at the end of September, the 2016-17 EBAE shortlist has now been announced.


Jury 2017 Shortlist


The shortlisted finalists are as follows:


International Business Cooperation:

Industrial Solar GmbH (Germany) - ‘Solar Process Heating in Developing and Emerging Economies’

Fairphone B.V. (Netherlands) - ‘Fairphone’

Madinter Trade, S.L. (Spain) - ‘Crelicam: Transforming Cameroonian’


Management (micro and small entities):

Ladybird Farm Leisure Center (Hungary) - ‘Tourism in a Sustainable Way’

Agrotechnical Services SL (Spain) - ‘Vivencia Dehesa: Conservation, Improvement and Development of Dehesa Landscape’

Ewaste Canarias S.L. (Spain) - ‘Ewaste’

Jessie Macs (United Kingdom) - ‘Jessie Mac’s 10:10:10’


Management (medium and large entities):

BILLA Bulgaria EOOD (Bulgaria) - ‘Utilization of Biodegradable Waste’

Piraeus Bank S.A. (Greece) - ‘The Expandability of a Robust Certified EMS’

Interface Europe BV (Netherlands) - ‘Interface Mission Zero’

CMS Window Systems (United Kingdom) - ‘CMS Innovation Hub’


Product and Services:

Aquarden Technologies ApS (Denmark) - ‘Destruction of Toxic and Environmentally Problematic Substances in Industrial Wastewater with Waterox’

FELOR (France) - ‘ALGO Paint: Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Algae-Based Decorative Paint’

ONYX SOLAR ENERGY S.L. (Spain) - ‘Photovoltaic Building Material for Buildings and Urban Furnishings’

Hydromx International A.S. (Turkey - ‘Hydromx - Energy Efficient Heat Transfer Fluid for Heating and Cooling’


Process:

M2i Life Sciences (France) - ‘Pheromonal Mating Disruption Through Paintball Against the Pine Processionary Moth’

Clariant Produkte GmbH (Germany) - ‘The Sunliquid® Process: Economic Production of Environmentally Sustainable Cellulosic Ethanol and Bio-Based Chemicals from Agricultural Residues’

Direct Current B.V. (Netherlands) - ‘DC Grids: the Missing Link to a Sustainable Future’

VESTEL Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Åž. (Turkey) - ‘Environmentally Friendly Nano Chrome Coating System in LCD TV and Smartphone Manufacturing Industries’


Business and Biodiversity:

HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG (Germany) - ‘20 Years of HiPP Sustainability Management’

Wilhelms GmbH (Germany) - ‘Seed Treatment with Plant-Associated Soil-Microorganisms to Improve Plant Yield and Resistance in Industrial and Organic Sustainable Agriculture’

Companhia das Lezírias, SA (Portugal) - ‘Forest Management on Behalf of Biodiversity’

Cafeology (United Kingdom) - ‘Cafeology: Bird-Friendly Coffee Initiative’


The winners will be announced at the EBAE Awards ceremony to be held during the Eco-Innovation Forum in Tallinn, Estonia on 27th October.




Thursday 29th September - The 2016-17 EBAE Jury Convenes in Bratislava, Slovakia

EBAE shortlist – DG ENV praises strength of finalists across range of countries


Jury 2017 Meeting


From the 26th-28th September, 27 jurors convened in Bratislava, Slovakia to select the winning finalists for the 2016-17 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). Of 148 finalists from 21 countries, a total of 23 have been shortlisted for six EBAE Awards.


The jurors were put forward by the EBAE National Coordinators, who chose a range of experts in all fields of environmental industry, representing the public sector, private sector and NGOs. In addition, all finalists from last year’s competition were invited to the jury alongside representatives from DG ENV with responsibility for biodiversity and eco-label. Each juror was allocated to one of four categories - Management, Process, Product, International Business Cooperation, or to judge the Biodiversity entries – according to their field of expertise.


The jurors evaluated the entries remotely and discussed all finalists at the jury meeting, choosing a shortlist of one winner and two or three runners-up in each area. The shortlist of companies has now been published. Click here to download. The winner of each category will be announced at the EBAE Awards ceremony to be held during the Eco-AP Forum in Tallinn, Estonia on 27th October.


Peter Czaga, policy officer at DG Environment, noted “this is a fantastic result – I am thrilled to see such a wide range of countries on the shortlist and in particular the strong entries from micro and small companies”


Four of the “micro” sized finalists have been shortlisted for an award. The first of these is Agroservices SL (Management), involved in the environmental conservation of Dehesa landscapes in southern Spain. The integration of biodiversity at the heart of the business was particularly praised. The jurors were impressed by a micro business tackling such a massive challenge and praised this is much-needed project. Direct Current B.V. (Process) based in the Netherlands, was commended for its innovative efforts to transform the method of transferring energy from renewable sources to the consumer more efficiently via DC power grids. Jessie Mac’s (Management), a luxury hostel in Scotland was another inspiring entry, acknowledged for its efforts to cut down energy and water usage, for recycling 90% of all waste and the innovative ways it engages staff and customers. Finally, Wilhelms Gmbh (Biodiversity) a German seed treatment company, was shortlisted for work employing plant-associated soil-microorganisms to improve plant yield and resistance in industrial and organic sustainable agriculture. The Jury was excited by the innovative technology at the heart of this project and the ambition of a micro company, which could have a transformative effect on agricultural systems and biodiversity worldwide.


Pete Czaga concluded: “there were many outstanding entries combining environmental and economic success in an innovative way. We hope these will act as inspirational examples for the business world.”


The European Commission would like to thank all jurors involved with the awards process, and ASPEK for arranging the jury meetings and the accompanying city tour and traditional Slovakian dancing.





Monday 26th September - Meet the 2016-2017 EBAE Jury

An independent panel of 27 Jury members from across Europe met in Bratislava in September 2016 to assess 148 entries from 21 EU Member States and candidate countries submitted for this year’s edition of the awards.

The jurors were all nominated by the EBAE National Coordinators who chose a range of experts representing industry (including past EBAE winners), academia, non-governmental organisations and public authorities.


Jury 2017 Introduction


Ado Lõhmus (Chairman of the Jury)

Deputy Secretary General for Environmental Management and Mineral Resources, Estonian Ministry of the Environment; Member of the Environmental Management Commission, Estonian Ministry of the Environment; Member of the Rail Baltic Development Commission, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications.


Dr Konstantinos Aravossis

Associate Professor of Planning, Management and Assessment of Technological and Environmental Investments at the NTUA and Professor at the ATHENS MBA since 1997; 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; General Secretary of the NTUA Employers’ Support Fund.


Marta Szigeti Bonifert

Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Member and the first Managing Director of the Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA); Scientific Advisor to Agroinnova/University of Turin Scientific Committee; Head of the Environmental Committee of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF); Member of the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Advisory Council (ESAC); Member of the Global Energy Prize jury since 2009.


Pierre Descamp

Marine biologist who specializes in the conservation of marine ecosystems; CEO of Andromede Oceanology, a highly specialized company which facilitates the integration of ecology into development projects; developer of numerous projects for the knowledge and protection of the Mediterranean sea, including the app DONIA (EBAE 2014-15 runner-up); author of numerous studies and scientific publications, including co-authoring the National Geographic book "Planet Ocean: Voyage to the Heart of the Marine Realm".


Stanislava Dimitrova

She 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., 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 Dimitrova received an LLM Degree in International Business and Environmental Law from the Washington College at the American University.


Adam Elman

Global Head of Delivery for ‘Plan A’, Marks & Spencer, including delivery of the internal communication and engagement strategy; managing £5m annual Plan A innovation fund; responsible for M&S Energy, the UK’s seventh largest provider of domestic gas and electricity.


Michal Fabuš

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


Heinz Felsner

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, 2012 and 2014 EBAE Jury.


Prof. Marco Frey

Full Professor of Sustainability Management; Director of Institute of Management at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa; Research Director at IEFE Bocconi University, Milan; Chairman of Global Compact Italian Network Foundation; National President of Cittadinanzattiva.


Marcus Gover

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).


Viktor Grilc

Group Head for Sustainable Waste Management, Laboratory for Environmental Services 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 with the Slovene Chamber of Engineers; Registered Auditor for ISO 14001; Registered Auditor for the Eco-Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS).


Marion Hammerl

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.


Hugo Hollander

Partner of EY for the last 14 years; focussing on sustainability and integrated reporting; Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001; Currently setting up an independent audit firm as a social enterprise; Member of Supervisory Boards and Audit committees; Co-writer of a book on leadership “Guidance on inspired leadership”; Juror for the Dutch Sustainability Award in the Netherlands.


Tom Kelly

Head of Enterprise Ireland’s Manufacturing and Competitiveness Division; leading Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Business Programme and Environment and Green Technologies Programme; Member of Enterprise Ireland’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance and Job Expansion Fund Committees; Author of several articles spanning traditional and advanced ceramics and surface engineering technology.


Şeyda Keskin

International 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.


Andreas Loukatos

Senior Advisor and member of the Environment and Co-ordination Committees at ETVA Industrial & Business Parks S.A.; Previously Member of the Management Board of the Hellenic Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development and of the Hellenic Recycling Agency; co-operated as Environmental Expert with the European Commission and as Environmental Advisor with the Greek Ministry for the Environment and the Greek Prime Minister’s Cabinet; Technical Consultant of the Greek Federation of Industries & Businesses for Waste Recycling & Energy Recovery (SEPAN), member of EUROMETREC, EFR and EuRIC.


Sylvie Ludain

French engineer agronomist who has been working as official in the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission since 2005; 10 years' experience as Desk Officer in charge of the monitoring of projects funded under the European Union LIFE programme; in 2015 she joined the "Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption" Unit in the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission where she has been working on the implementation of the EU Ecolabel and EMAS voluntary schemes.


Dr. Godwin Micallef

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.


Roland Moreau

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; previously Executive Director of Greenpeace Belgium and a Member of the Belgian Federal Sustainable Development Council.


Lars Muller

Currently coordinating the Business and Biodiversity Platform of the European Commission, a forum for working with private business to integrate biodiversity considerations into business practice; 15 years’ experience in the European Commission working across a range of domestic and international climate policy issues, including UN climate negotiations as policy officer for Climate Diplomacy; Previously at the Ministry of Environment, Nature and Regional Planning of Schleswig-Holstein/Germany.


Juhan Peedimaa

Environmental entrepreneur; Founder of Ecoprint AS, an environmentally-friendly printshop and two times EBAE finalist; Partner at Werrowool OÜ, an insulation material producer from recycled paper and EBAE finalist; Partner at Solar Station OÜ, a solar energy producer and installer.


Nico Peterschmidt

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.


Sonia Castañeda Rial

General Director of Fundación Biodiversidad, a public foundation part of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, 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.


Paul Schosseler

Associate at +ImpaKT Luxembourg S.à.r.l., Circular Economy consultant; previously Deputy Director of ERIN Department at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and Director of Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies Department, Vice-president of the Luxembourg EcoInnovation Cluster.


Claus Torp

Deputy Director-General at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for economy, waste and the government’s National Waste Plans (2010 and 2013) and the development of the Green Growth strategy 2009/10; Chairman of the Committee Working on Livestock Regulation; previously Head of Department at Danish Environment Protection Agency and officer at the Danish Ministry of Environment.


Louis Vella

Former Director of the Environment Protection Department (Malta) and member of the Compliance Committee to the Barcelona Convention (UNEP MAP); Consultant to the Department of Health on environmental health and health and safety issues; Lecturer on occupational and industrial hygiene and environmental subjects; assessor of dissertations at degree and diploma level.


Markus Vihma

Involved with the textile industry since 2012 when he was part of establishing UpMade, an initiative that seeks to implement upcycling on mass-scale production; recently joined the Estonian Ministry of Environment in a public sector leadership programme, rotating between various public environmental institutions with the aim of interfering with an outsider perspective; part-time sustainability consultant to Estonian companies, he also co-founded a Sustainable Design Lab at the Estonian Academy of Arts.