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Jury members

The EMAS Awards 2015 Jury

Chair of the EMAS Awards Jury

Tanja Bisgaard is an independent expert with more than 10 years’ experience in the field of sustainable innovation, where she has worked in support of both industry and policy makers. Since forming her company Novitas Innovation in 2010, she has worked with organisations including UNEP, Nordic Innovation, The Danish Green Business Development Fund and Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (CLEAN).

Her analyses of the potential economic gains companies can make by greening their business examine new kinds of business models in order to make the business case for eco-innovation. She also advises policy makers on current business trends as regards sustainable innovation and resource efficiency, as well as keeping private and public sector organisations up to date with state-of-art sustainable growth policy.

Tanja is currently working for the newly established Danish Innovation Forum for Sustainable Production, initiated by the Danish Government with the goal of developing proposals which can stimulate a green transformation of Danish industry.

She holds an MSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Surrey in the UK.

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Giorgio Capurri has been working as a banker for 25 years, initially at Credito Romagnolo and Monte dei Paschi di Siena. He then joined Credito Italiano which formed a merger in 1999, becoming UniCredit.

From 2001 to 2005 he was head of UBM’s (former UniCredit investment bank) Paris branch as a permanent representative to the French treasury Agency. After several years as an investment banker working in the fields of capital markets and fixed income derivative trading, he read a Master’s degree in environmental management and started to work as an environmental specialist in Group Sustainability.

He is now working as Environmental Management Representative at UniCredit SpA. His main focus is currently on understanding links between ecological issues, notably but not limited to climate change mitigation, and business in the financial industry. He represents UniCredit in several industry associations and serves as a member of the Climate Change Advisory Group of UNEP FI and the Advisory Council of the GHG Protocol, UNEP FI Portfolio Carbon Initiative. He is also a member of the Natural Capital Declaration Steering Committee and Chair of the NCD working Group “Understanding impacts and dependencies on natural capital”.

He gained his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Banking at the University of Siena and the aforementioned Master’s degree in Environmental Management at the University of Milano Bicocca.

Tom Domen is Long Term Innovation Manager (aka Science Friction Soaper) at Ecover/Method. He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic.

He graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.

Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 9 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy and sustainability for the various categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Drawing inspiration from biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.

For over 25 years, Ecover has been producing products that adhere strictly to the World Health Organisation's definition of health, incorporating the wellbeing of the whole person and the environment in which he or she lives. They are constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have minimum negative impact on the environment, consistently achieving extraordinary ethical standards with their products, management and production methods. Recently, Ecover bought the US-based company Method and now has become the largest company for ecological washing and cleaning products.

Valerie Flynn is editor of the leading environmental news and information service ENDS Europe, which specialises in impartial and independent news about environmental policy in the EU for professionals. She was previously deputy editor on the same title.

Harri Moora is a Programme Director at the Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre. He holds a PhD in Environmental Technology from Tallinn University of Technology and an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. His research interests include environmental policy development and analysis, corporate environmental management and sustainable consumption and production.

He has more than 15 years of experience in coordinating national and international projects in the fields of environmental management, resource efficiency and technology assessment. He has written numerous research reports and peer-reviewed articles on these issues. Harri has also acted as lead auditor, consultant and trainer with respect to Health, Safety & Environment management systems with many organisations in Estonia and other EU Member States.

He has extensive experience in evaluating proposals for research programmes to be funded by the European Commission and Estonian Ministries and is a board member of the Estonian Association for Environmental Management.

Maj Munch Andersen is Senior Researcher at the Technical University of Denmark’s Department of Management Engineering, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM). She undertakes innovation research exploring the link between technological change and economic development, especially in relation to the emergence of the green economy. She has been a pioneer in business oriented eco-innovation research, in 1999 writing the first Danish PhD in eco-innovation, which was also globally one of the first PhDs in this field written from an evolutionary economic perspective. She has been an important contributor to the development of the eco-innovation concept as a topic of analysis and as a policy issue. Her research includes theoretical and empirical research at the firm, value chain, industry and national and regional innovation system levels. Her work includes related policy, standardization and indicator analyses.

Apart from her scholarly work, she spent four years developing innovation policy within Danish Ministries. Following her PhD, she was headhunted to develop the first Green Industrial Development Strategy for the Danish Ministry of Trade and Industry (1999-2001), which was among the earliest attempts internationally to develop green innovation policy. Her strategy work with René Kemp fed into the EU environmental council meeting in 2004, contributing significantly to putting the concept of eco-innovation and green growth high on the political agenda. She functions regularly as advisor on eco-innovation policy internationally (EU, UN and OECD).

Maj has been a member of the DG Enterprise Expert panel on Eco-innovation (2006-2008), the think tank of the Nordic Innovation Centre on Nordic Environmental Technology, (2008), The board of the Greening of Industry Network (2000-2005), the review panel of The Swedish Research Council on Resource Efficient Products and Processes (2012-2014). In 2008 she received the reward The Yellow Brick from the Danish Boligfonden foundation for pioneering research on nanorelated eco-innovation in the Danish Building sector. Maj has considerable experience with project management both in her scientific as well as ministerial career, including heading 5 research projects and two cross ministerial projects.

She has been invited as key note speaker to five conferences (DRUID 2009, NCSC 2009, Economiaz, 2010, Advanced Nanomaterials Conference 2010, UN conference 2011: ‘Promoting Eco-innovation’) as well as several other invited presentations.

In addition to her PhD Maj holds an MSc in Human Geography from the University of Copenhagen.

Manfred Torschitz is Head of the Department Health, Safety, Environment and Energy (HSEE) of voestalpine VAE GmbH in Zeltweg, Austria, which is the world market leader in turnout technology.

He joined the company in 1996 whilst completing his Master’s thesis, which contributed to the company’s successful participation in EMAS. He read his degree in Environmental Engineering at the Montan-University of Leoben.

The subsequent 19 years have been filled with strategic and operational HSEE-related tasks and projects centring on 3 main topics:

  • Implementation and continuous development of management systems following EMAS, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 50001 on the Zeltweg production site (approx. 750 employees). Improvements made in the course of over 100 major projects undertaken by the company include: 90 % reduction in workshop dust levels via development and implementation of a new dust capture and filter concept covering more than 40 workstations; CO2-neutral balance at the Zeltweg production site was achieved in 2010 as a result of investment in an ecologically optimised hydro-power plant and participation in a district heating system based on regional heat recovery (from a celluloses plant 16 km away) and biomass incineration; 50 % reduction of accidents due to a series of company projects including technical and organisational measures.
  • Establishing VAE-HSE-Group Management comprising: Information provision and awareness-raising at the VAE Group’s (approx.) 40 global production sites with approx. 4,700 employees; Creation of the VAE-HSE-Guidebook, which contains information regarding typical HSEE-related issues in turnout business and possible solution/prevention measures, and which also defines globally valid HSE-Minimum Standards on the VAE-sites; Consultancy and assistance regarding HSE-related special projects at affiliates.
  • Conducting HSE due diligence investigations in the framework of acquisitions within the VAE-Group and the voestalpine Metal Engineering Division (approx. 100 acquisition projects in 30 countries on 6 continents).

As a consequence of long term engagement in HSEE-affairs, the Company was honoured with: the European EMAS Award 2009 and 2014 and the Austrian EMAS Award 1997, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014 to name only a few.

Víctor Vázquez Calvo has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Seville and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Management from EOI Spain’s School of Industrial Organisation. He is a Senior Project Manager of the Environmental Unit in the Andalusian Institute of Technology (IAT). 

Since 2003, he has collaborated with the Environmental Department of the Andalusian Government, working to implement the EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control & Industrial Emissions Directives and on the establishment of the regulatory basis upon which to issue the EU Eco-label in the region of Andalusia. In addition, he has been project manager in EU funded projects, co-financed through different schemes such as Horizon 2020, LIFE+, INTERREG, SUDOE and MED Programmes (among others).

Since 2008, he has worked as auditor (observer) for the Certification of Environmental Management Systems under ISO 14001 and as verifier (observer) for EMAS Registrations under the EMAS Regulation in the Andalusian Agency of AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification). He has also worked as coordinator of the Spanish Platform for Environmental Technologies (PLANETA).

Since 2010, he has worked as Life Cycle Assessment consultant in several EU projects under the international standards ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. He has been coordinator of the technical working group for Ecodesign in the Life Cycle Management of the Products in the framework of the Spanish National Congress for the Environment (CONAMA). In addition, he has worked as verifier for the Environmental Product Declaration under ISO 14025 in the framework of the AENOR Global EPD Programme.

Since 2011, he is a member of the Sector Group Environment in the Enterprise Europe Network which helps companies (and SMEs in particular) to make the most of the business opportunities the EU offers, promoting competitiveness and innovation at local level in Europe and beyond.