About the awards
Winners & nominees
Media & promotion
|Newsletter Issue 21|
How does your competition work?
Awarded by an independent jury every two years, the competition is an initiative of Business & Society Belgium. It is also supported by the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FEB), Roularta, BNP Paribas Fortis, Elia and Siemens.
Who attended the awards ceremony?
Our national awards were well attended, with around 100 attendees from the business world, academic centres, government representatives and media coming to champion our companies.
How do you promote the awards?
We were profiled in the widely read economic weekly Trends and the economic news channel Kanaal Z. In terms of promotion, we use our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages, which enabled our business partners to share information with their contacts via email and their own websites.
How were applicants different from last year’s?
The jury was struck by the economic maturity of most applications. Sustainable development is no longer only about adaptations of technologies; of existing products or services, but how we see bold innovation, the investigation of new markets where developed projects show themselves as competitive compared to “conventional” equivalents. This is a significant advance over the period of the “green pioneers”.
And finally, what difference do you think it makes winning the European Business Awards for the Environment?
The national awards are not only a reward of sustainability initiatives, but also show the business community how creativity and willpower lead to new sustainability business models that are particularly competitive.
Click for YouTube video: Aquamarine Power - Oyster wave farm animation
Aquamarine Power is a small company with a big ambition to create electricity from ocean waves. Their Oyster wave energy technology has the capability to capture the energy in near shore waves and transform it into clean power.
The Edinburgh-based firm has already succeeded in installing two full-scale Oyster wave energy machines at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.
Their goal is now to commercialise the technology and develop ocean energy farms around the world.
“Winning a European Business Award for the Environment was a great highlight for our business,” says company Chief Executive Officer Martin McAdam. “We need to ensure policy makers and investors in Europe and around the world understand the incredible potential of ocean energy, and this high-profile award helped increase our impact in Brussels and beyond.”
(left to right: Martin Cooney, Arthur Cox; Declan Crosse, Wood Energy Solutions; Danny McCoy, Ibec; Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats; Minister Phil Hogan, T. D.; Louis Collins, Astellas)
The winners were: Astellas Ireland, Winner of the Overall Environmental Excellence Award and Environmental Management Award, Wood Energy Solutions, Winner of the Product and Services Award, Dawn Meats, Winner of the Process Award and finally, Arthur Cox, Winner of the International Business Cooperation Award.
Announcing the winners at the event, Ireland’s Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said: “The Ibec Environment Awards are about acknowledging and championing progressive organisations in Ireland that have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and improving our environment. I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of all of the participants and thank them for their individual contributions towards a healthy and sustainable environment.”
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The new European Union (EU) financial instrument for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, will be officially launched in January 2014, but the first funding calls are already being announced today (11 December 2013). Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €80 billion, Horizon 2020 will focus on securing Europe's global competitiveness and sustainable growth. Built on three pillars – Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges – Horizon 2020 will fund activities ranging from frontier science to close-to-market innovation. The environmental objectives of Horizon 2020 follow the EU's focus on securing sustainable and competitive growth, with a particular emphasis on bioeconomy and circular economy opportunities. Speaking to an audience in Sweden via video message on 3 December 2013, the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik reiterated that 'Boosting sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon growth will remain one of the Commission's priorities for the next 7 years and we will continue to support this through our policies and funding initiatives'. The EU focus on encouraging and supporting green growth through sustainable and environmentally responsible management approaches, and eco-innovative products and processes is reflected in all three pillars of Horizon 2020, and in particular in the objectives of Societal Challenge 5 - Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. Funding will be provided to projects helping to achieve resource and water efficiency, sustainable supply and use of raw materials, encouraging protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and contributing to building a climate change resilient economy and society. Funding opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency feature in the Secure, clean and efficient Energy Societal Challenge. For more information please click here.
The new Programme for the Environment and Climate Action – LIFE is proposed to have a budget of €3.2 billion over 2014-2020. The new LIFE Programme is the single biggest funding mechanism for biodiversity protection, environment and climate change actions outside Horizon 2020, and it is a successor to the existing LIFE+ Programme. The first funding call is expected to be launched in late Spring 2014. For more information please click here.
Preparations began following an announcement made by the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, for a new initiative ‘Let’s Clean Up Europe’, which will take place across Europe on 10th May 2014. The initiative aims to raise awareness and mobilise a wider society, businesses and non-governmental organisations to do something practical for the environment. For more information and to register your clean up initiative please click here.
One of the key environmental milestones was the new multilateral environmental agreement - Minamata Convention - on mercury, which the Lithuanian Minister of Environment, Valentinas Mazuronis, and the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, signed on behalf of the EU. The long-awaited agreement will result in subsequent decrease of mercury emissions and the impact thereof on human health and the environment.
For a country with relatively limited natural resources but a great potential for competitive technology and dynamic manufacturing sector, eco-innovative processes and products can offer a significant advantage and opportunity. According to a study conducted by the European Eco-innovation Observatory, Lithuanian sectors such as renewable energy, construction, waste management, transport and logistics, and oil spill remediation are expected to see growth, both as a result of capable and efficient use of European Structural funding but also the country’s own investment and strategy efforts, and in particular the Cleaner Production Strategy.
Lithuania is also an active participant in the European Framework Programme 7, the LIFE programme, and the Eco-innovation Programme. Over the last eight years, Lithuania has participated in a number of LIFE funded projects focusing on nature conservation and biodiversity protection, and some of its Eco-innovation programme funded projects focus on marine litter, and waste reduction in the fish farming and fishing industry.
13th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2014
The IERC is an international platform for discussion of the latest developments and challenges relating to electronics recycling.
FRESH and European Sustainable Events Conference 2014
The European Green Capital 2014 Copenhagen is hosting the FRESH and European Sustainable Events Conference (ESEC) at the beginning of 2014.
Brussels, BelgiumConference on Products Policy – International Trends in Ecodesign & Energy labelling The EU is organising an international conference on ecodesign and energy labelling featuring keynote speakers from government, industry, civil society and the European Commission.
International Conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience towards Climate Adapted and Resilient Regions 2014
The two-day event will be hosted by “nordwest2050”, a practice-oriented research project aiming at increasing the ability of the Metropolitan Area Bremen-Oldenburg to deal with climate change in selected fields and to implement measures into regional planning and development processes.
World Sustainable Energy Days 2014 International Conference
The international experts and key-note speakers present at WSED 2014 will discuss the latest updates, and challenges that still exist, in tackling issues such as renewable energy; energy efficiency in buildings and transport; pellets; efficient and sustainable buildings; sustainable energy technologies; and policies and programmes.
South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Looking at world trends, the 10th exhibition presents the latest energy efficient solutions, systems for energy storage, technologies for the production of bio-, hydro, solar, geothermal and wind energy, energy from waste and electric vehicle innovation.
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