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Winners 2016/2017

The European Business Awards for the Environment reward companies of all sizes that have made an outstanding contribution to sustainable development; those whose activities contribute to economic and social advance without detriment to the environment.


The EBAE Awards celebrate companies and projects throughout Europe and across all sectors of business. To be eligible for the prestigious awards, companies must have first succeeded in their national award schemes (which are organised throughout Europe each year), and then be nominated by their respective national coordinating bodies (detailed here). which are organised throughout Europe each year. This means that the companies recognised in the pan-European Awards are truly ‘the best of the best’; the most innovative, environmentally responsible and far-sighted across Europe.


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.


The 2016/17 awards were presented in Tallinn, Estonia on the 27th October 2016.



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.


Netherlands Netherlands
Company: Fairphone BV
Project Title: Fairphone
Description:

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.


United Kingdom United Kingdom
Company: CMS Window Systems
Project Title: CMS Innovation Hub
Description:

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.


Hungary Hungary
Company: Ladybird Farm Leisure Center (Katica Tanya)
Project Title: Tourism in a sustainable way
Description:

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.


Turkey Turkey
Company: Hydromx International A.S.
Project Title: Energy Efficient Heat Transfer Fluid for Heating and Cooling
Description:

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.


France France
Company: M2i Life Sciences
Project Title: Pheromonal mating disruption through paintball against the pine processionary moth
Description:

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.


Germany Germany
Company: HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG
Project Title: 20 Years of HiPP Sustainability Management
Description:

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