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Nominees 2006

The Jury, chaired by Mr Heinz Felsner, Secretary General of the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development, and 12 environmental experts representing industry, NGOs, academia and public authorities chose 12 finalists from 139 entries from 23 European countries. The Jury short-listed three nominees for each of the four categories.

The winners will be announced and receive their awards during the prestigious award ceremony with senior Commission officials, music and artistic performances on 1 June 2006, which will be part of the Commission's annual Green Week.

Jury 2006 (from left to right) : Mr Konstantinos Aravossis (GR), Mr Rolf Wurch (D), Mr Bruno Détanger (F), Mr Hannu Pentilä (SF), Mr Roman Vyhnánek (CZ), Ms Stanislave Dimitrova (BUL), Mr Theo van Bellegem (NL), Ms Nilgun Kiran Ciliz (TR), Mr John Bowman (UK), Mr Heinz Felsner (A), Mr Jaime Alejandre (ES)

The Management Award
Spain Spain
Company: Aceria Compacta de Bizkaia SA
Management issue:: Steel-producer which has managed to remain competitive along with environmental enhancements.
Motivation: The Jury recognised in particular that this company has, unlike most competitors, both ISO 14.001 certification and EMAS registration. The company demonstrates achievements and further plans within their environmental management statement. The company has taken particular innovative measures, such as the installation of monitoring surveillance systems with a particular focus on gathering environmental pollution information. The company has a strong commitment for the local environment and has provided environmental awareness and training for employees. The company cherishes the relationship with and involvement of its stakeholders.
Italy Italy
Company: Sotral SpA
Management issue: Environmental management in the area of logistics for the catering industry
Motivation: The Jury particularly appreciated that this SME, employing 18 persons, has introduced an environmental approach in the sector of catering logistics services. The company has improved transport and waste-management by the caterers and raised environmental awareness concerning the products and meals. The environmental dedication of the company is certified by ISO 14.001 and furthermore it has the social responsibility certification SA 8000. It uses innovative environmental performance indicators (eg. Amount per kg meal transported) to optimize its processes (methane fuelled vehicles, waste minimization, energy savings). As a result the company has achieved excellent financial results, excellent environmental performance and established itself as a good corporate citizen.
Hungary Hungary
Company: GE Hungary Ltd Light Source Factory Nagykanizsa
Management issue: Sustained environmental performance
Motivation: The Jury acknowledges that this multi-national has introduced and implemented for the last 15 years an exemplary environmental performance in its Hungarian plant. General Electric Hungary ltd. is a light-source factory and a member of the GE-consumer and industrial business group, employing 4200 persons. The site is certified under ISO 14.001 and has published an environmental statement. The company demonstrates, with a long list of environmental projects and investments on environmental protection, its sustainability, setting goals and objectives and achieving big improvements of its performance indicators. GE Light Hungary is heavily investing in environmental, health and safety issues, local employee health plans and noise-reduction programmes for the neighbours.

The Product Award
Austria Austria
Company: VA Tech Hydro GmbH & Co
Product: Hyrdromatrix Power Plant, renewable energy in an historic site in an urban environment using small hydro turbine units
Motivation: The Jury especially recognised the fact that this renewable energy installation uses tailor-made hydro turbine/generators that can be installed in existing weirs and dams and does not require any alteration in the environment or landscape. The existing infrastructure can be used and there is a huge potential to isolated communities. There is a potential of some thousand applications worldwide.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Company: Windsave Ltd
Product: Windsave Plug’n’Save wind turbine
Motivation: The Jury appreciates the compact integrated solution and relationship with other technologies. These compact wind mills are manufactured from recycled materials with a long life cycle are designed for individual houses and offices. The excess of electricity generated can be fed into the electricity grid. There is a high potential for decentralised small scale applications. In contradiction to the general development of large scale windmills, which goes more and more into large windmills – with more and more resistance - these windmills are affordable and have a noise level below ambient levels.
Spain Spain
Company: DTS OABE SL
Product: Nupilac hidro, water based, lacquer applied insecticide
Motivation: The Jury recognises the innovative aspect of this insecticide applied in a lacquer, which limits any cross-pollution, is not damaging to human health, requires five times less insecticide, with no emissions of VOC’s and with long-term efficiency. There is a vast replication potential in particular in low toxicity environments like schools, hospitals and catering establishments.

The Process Award
Finland Finland
Company: Fortum Power and Heat Oy
Process: A cost efficient combustion technology for NOx reduction in large combustion plants. NOx is a significant element in air pollution and its elimination is needed. Reduction of NOx emissions is a significant problem mainly for coal, lignite and peat fired power plants.This is done by optimizing the design of the burner in the power plant
Motivation: The Jury emphasized that the process contributes directly to the alleviation of climate change. This (and similar) technologies can be used widely in facilities burning solid fuel (coal) in the EU and in other parts of the world. The Jury acknowledged that the abatement of NOx emission as end of pipe technology, is expensive and that this project by preventing the generation of NOx delivers a cost effective process at source.
Germany Germany
Company: Volkswagen AG
Process: A mechanical process for separating shredder residues from disposing end-of-life vehicles into fractions that can substitute primary raw materials in industrial processes to a commercial scale.
Motivation: The Jury emphasised the aspect that the company focussed in this waste recycling process on the most difficult waste section, i.e. not on the 80 per cent recyclable parts of vehicles (mainly steel), but that focus is given to the remaining 20 per cent waste - shredder residues which are an environmental problem so far. Volkswagen introduces a process that turns waste into resources in one of the most challenging environmental areas. The process introduced has a significant impact on environmental waste flows. The Jury emphasised that the process is solving a well-known problem prior to the entry into force of EU regulations in this field and that the process is driven by market demand.
Netherlands Netherlands
Company: Ten Cate Advanced Textiles BV and Color Wings BV
Process: Using digital operated jet heads for printing in the textile industry results in high quality graphics on textile. The system uses exactly dosed drops which makes it possible to apply this technology at high speed.
Motivation: The Jury emphasised the competitive advantage of the use of exactly dosed drops applied at a high speed which is comparable to traditional technology. Digital printing, coating and finishing improves environmental and economical performance in the end product quality. The process offers substantial reduction in used inputs ((water, energy and chemicals) and waste production. The Jury emphasised that this is an example of how new technology implemented in a specific sector contributes to its competitiveness.

The International Cooperation Award
Netherlands Netherlands
Company: iD-L inspired innovations
Project: RagBag®
Motivation: The Jury particularly appreciated the development of a business model that is successful, is not an aid-programme, and enables new business development with some help from outside. The objective is clear and results in an attractive product manufactured from waste. The project leads to job creation in India and Europe and to benefits for all stakeholders. It has wide application to other products in other parts of the world. The project is launched by a small company based on personal involvement.
Finald Finland
Company: YIT Rakennus Oy
Project: South-West Waste Water Treatment St Petersburg
Motivation: The Jury recognises extremely clear objectives: it has lead to reduced pollution in Baltic sea. The initiative has lead to a project completed almost on time and below budget. The project provided employment and on the job training for the first public-private-partnership (PPP) in Russia. This is a project with major impact for the Baltic Sea and is an excellent example of the application of the PPP principle for project development.
Germany Germany
Company: BASF AG
Project: Knowledge transfer in the field of eco-efficient production
Motivation: The Jury appreciates the initiative of the company in applying a developed management tool in developing and emerging countries. This partnership between BASF, UNIDO and UNEP provides tools, training and staff to the textile industry in Morocco. The project raises awareness to improve the ecological performance, in particular with regard to strategic decision making. The project has a replication potential in China, Egypt and Brazil.