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Focus On: Eco-Innovation (06/12/2016)
Read the 2016-17 EBAE Brochure (13/11/2016)
See all the photos from the EBAE Awards Ceremony, Tallinn (03/11/2016)
The 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment Awards Ceremony (01/11/2016)
Promoter’s Network: European Aluminium (31/10/2016)
National Awards Ceremony: Greek National Ceremony Of The European Business Awards For The Environment (28/10/2016)
Results of the 2016-17 European Business Awards for the Environment (27/10/2016)
6. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Business & Biodiversity Award (21/10/2016)
5. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Process Award (19/10/2016)
4. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Product and Services Award (17/10/2016)
3. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Management Award (micro and small entities) (14/10/2016)
2. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The Management Award (medium and large entities) (12/10/2016)
1. EBAE 2016 Award Category Shortlist: The International Business Cooperation Award (10/10/2016)
Where are they now: PerfoTec (EBAE 2014-15 finalist) (07/10/2016)
Catch-up with an EBAE Juror: Ado Lõhmus (05/10/2016)
EBAE 2016-17 Shortlist Announced (03/10/2016)
The 2016-17 EBAE Jury Convenes in Bratislava, Slovakia (29/09/2016)
Meet the 2016-2017 EBAE Jury (26/09/2016)


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.