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Nominees 2004
The Product Award for Sustainable Development
France France
Project title: 100% recycled paper
Description: With 150 years experience of papermaking, Matussière & Forest has created the first-ever fully recycled coated paper, which is also bleached without chlorine. The paper does not require more energy in its production than ordinary paper and is of equally high quality.
Slovenia Slovenia
Company: Elpa d.o.o.
Project title: Rail Brake Anti-Noise System Bremex-Annsys
Description: The Slovenian company, ELPA, has developed a new rail brake anti-noise system – BREMEX ANNSYS – which significantly reduces the high level of noise (screeching) at shunting railway stations, which can reach 150 dB or more and occurs in the frequency range from 150 to 3500 Hz. The system operates directly on the brake rail and wheel flange – the direct source of the noise - and is therefore highly efficient in environmental terms. Noise is reduced by as much as 99.9%. There is also reduced wear and tear on the rails, wheel flanges, and reduced vibrations and jolts as an indirect, positive economic benefit.

The Management Award for Sustainable Development
Germany Germany
Company: J. Schmalz GmbH
Project title: Comprehensive corporate environmental protection at J. Schmalz GmbH
Description: J. Schmalz GmbH, a leading company in the sector of vacuum handling technology, has implemented a comprehensive corporate environmental protection policy as an integral part of its management strategy. It has a dedicated ‘Quality and Environmental Officer’ who is responsible for ensuring the optimal use of resources and respect of the environment. All aspects are considered. Energy for the company is supplied from two wind power stations and a (CO2 neutral) wood chip furnace, water is heated by solar power, and the office building is designed to meet the low-energy standard. Even the water used for flushing the toilets comes from collected rainwater.
Hungary Hungary
Project title: Diesel injection system
Description: This company has become a pioneer in environmental management. Its EcoVision environmental programme has set tough green standards across all its activities, resulting in reductions of 30% in packaging materials, 35% in carbon dioxide emissions and 40% in water consumption.
Slovenia Slovenia
Company: Gorenje, d.d. – Household appliances
Project title: The management award for sustainable development
Description: The Gorenje company is committed to the production of high quality user-friendly and environmental household appliances. Its commitment to environmental issues and sustainable development has led to its attaining the ISO 14001 Certificate for environmental management. The focus of the Gorenje Management Board has been on building partnerships and balancing the expectations of all the relevant parties - customers, employees, suppliers, local communities - on the one hand against the impact on natural resources on the other. A long-term commitment to maintaining partnerships and sound relations with customers has resulted in the development of numerous new products and environmental improvements. Special attention has been placed on dynamic HR development, including responsive management. This has had a substantial impact on improvement of the quality of life of the local economic area and beyond.
UK United Kingdom
Company: Morrison Bowmore Distillers
Project title: Bowmore Distillery
Description: Bowmore Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland, has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal on the Hebridean island of Islay since 1779. The distillery is proud to be a part of the island community and contribute positively to island life. The distillery aims to employ good environmental practices which enhance island life, ensure community support, allow employees to feel pride in the distillery’s environmental performance and protect the long-term future of the distillery.
The main achievements of the project have been: the improvement of the site’s environmental performance; the achievement of ISO 14001 accreditation for the distillery; improved communication avenues; long-term financial savings; reductions in the amount of natural resources expended through innovation and operational controls. The company also makes positive contributions to island life for the longer term benefit of employees and residents.

The Process Award for Sustainable Development
Belgium Belgium
Company: Cotinfi NV
Project title: Realisation of a carpet manufacturing technology by using an ultrasonic welding technique, enabling the complete elimination of whatever glue or foreign adhesive
Description: Cotinfi focuses on the development and the building of textile machinery for the carpet industry. As part of its development activities, it has come up with a new production technology based on innovative implementation of the ultrasonic welding technique. This technique is used in combination with the Fusion Bonding Process (FBC) which itself has a sophisticated yarn-handling system. The integration of the two techniques results in a new production method which completely eliminates the need for glue or any other adhesive substances.
Ireland Ireland
Company: Cognis Ireland Ltd.
Project title: In Process Toluene distillation with Energy Recovery
Description: Cognis Ireland manufactures speciality chemicals used in the extraction of non-ferrous metals. A key element in the manufacturing process involves the use of large quantities of toluene as a reaction solvent. Through their research and development programme, Cognis identified the possibility of distilling the processed toluene rather than washing it, thus reducing the environmental impact of the process. Additionally, Cognis identified the possibility of recovering the distillation residues as a supplementary fuel through their ‘waste to energy’ plant.
UK United Kingdom
Company: RUGBY LTD
Project title: Cement making
Description: Instead of modifying seven existing installations, Rugby Ltd decided to replace them with a single new cement plant, specifically designed to high environmental standards. The plant emits less than 5% of the sulphur dioxide output of a more traditional kiln using the same raw materials.

The International Co-operation Award for Sustainable Development
Austria Austria
Company: SolarFrost Research Dr. Kunze Oeg
Project title: SolarFrost – An Alternative Cooling Technology
Description: SolarFrost is a newly invented cooling technology, which can operate at significantly lower input temperatures (about 80°C) than conventional cooling systems (about 150°C). SolarFrost cooling machines are simple to build and do not require high technology elements. In a hot climate with sufficient solar radiation they can compete economically with conventional cooling methods.

SolarFrost machines are therefore perfectly suited for developing countries and all countries with a hot climate. These machines should help to conserve agricultural products in less developed areas. Another application of prime importance in developing countries is their potential use as refrigerators for vaccines in rural areas without electricity.
Belgium Belgium
Company: Aquadev asbl
Project title: Pilot Station Niamey (Niger)
Description: AQUADEV is a student initiative based on conviction of the need for world solidarity. The students involved decided to tackle the complexity of the challenge by limiting the sectors of intervention and allowing for an ongoing learning process. In collaboration with a variety of partners, AQUADEV provides professional assistance in three main areas: (i) microfinance - advice to the decentralized financial sector and support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); (ii) improvement of nutritional security (based on a multi-sectoral approach including, for example, support to the decentralization process); and (iii) the environment in urban areas (focusing on town planning and the water purification).
The Netherlands The Netherlands
Company: NEDAP NV
Project title: UV-water cleaning treatment
Description: Together with the Indian company La Gajjar Machineries and various other private and non-profit organisations, Nedap has developed a solar-powered system that uses ultraviolet light to purify drinking water, with the potential to bring safe water to millions of people.