Belgian, German, Spanish and UK companies won 2010 European Business Awards for the Environment. These recognise companies making an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.
Recipients of the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) successfully develop and implement innovative products or processes which have a positive environmental impact. The four winning projects in 2010 addressed the issues of energy efficiency, resource efficiency and/or technology transfer to developing countries – key priorities for the Environmental Technologies Action Plan.
These projects are an example of the business community’s willingness to address pressing environmental challenges through eco-innovations and green solutions. Moreover, they show that, in addition to being environmentally beneficial, such innovations can also be economically viable.
The EBAE 2010 attracted 141 entries from 24 EU and candidate countries, the most since the competition was launched in 1987. Only finalists of their respective national competitions are eligible to enter. Winners were announced at a special ceremony in Brussels by European Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, on 2 June 2010.
“The more we are aware of the real and inherent value of our environment, the more effectively we will combine economic, social and environmental goals,” said Commissioner Potočnik. “The companies involved in the European Business Awards for the Environment are a key element in this – demonstrating clearly their innovative abilities and the economic sense of applying eco-technologies and processes.”
The EBAE 2010 highlighted the fact that companies throughout Europe are developing measures to meet the goals of sustainable development. Such innovative projects can spur others to develop enterprises which make both environmental and financial sense.
European Business Awards for the Environment:
‘Commission rewards Europe's best green businesses’ (Commission press release):