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EU EMAS Award Winners 2009

Seven organisations have won the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards for excellence in environmental management. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony in Stockholm. And the winners are:

Micro-organisation: Eco Conseil entreprise (Belgium)

Eco-Counselling Enterprise (ECE) is a consulting company active in the field of environment and environment management in particular. It also practises what it preaches and it is highly committed to green procurement. The company has a clear plan to become as green (sustainable) as possible in all their activities. As they are working with many national and international clients, their sustainability oriented behaviour also influences their clients. ECE proves that even though they are a consulting company, they are still able to successfully apply green (sustainable) procurement and substantially reduce their environmental impact.

Small organisation: VAS. & EK. Kottaridi (Greece)

This company is located in Kalamata (Messinia) and was founded in 1968 and is specialised in the production and trading of lime and lime mash. VAS. & EK. Kottaridi has a long-term cooperation with a local supplier for the constant supply of olive-pip wood, which is used for the firing of their kiln. Olive-pip wood is a residue from the olive-oil production and is considered a solid biomass fuel and therefore a renewable energy source. In addition, this fuel does not contain any halogenated organic compounds or heavy metals and therefore the incineration residues can be used for the production of vegetable coal. VAS. & EK. Kottaridi have already received an innovation diploma and are working towards CE -EN 459-1 2001 certification.

Medium organisation: Austria Glass recycling (Austria)

Austria Glas Recycling (AGR) organises the collecting and recycling of used glass packaging throughout Austria. AGR is part of a network also consisting of municipalities, private and municipal waste-collection companies, research institutions and the glass industry. The organisations' success in green procurement is based on the cooperation and on the dialogue between these different stakeholders. Every year AGR organises a stakeholder workshop to improve and to check the environmental performance of their suppliers.  But AGR is also very active in the field of their own green procurement. They use environmental criteria for the organisation of events (e.g. environmentally friendly seminar hotels, Fair Trade products) and the procurement of electricity (only green energy is used in their offices). All print requirements and print products are printed in compliance with myclimate Gold Standard.

Large organisation: VAE Eisenbahnsysteme (Austria)

VAE is a leading company for turnout systems including drive, safety and diagnostic systems. The organization works closely together with its suppliers, clients as well as with their staff and has developed its own integrated system for screening environmental and safety risks. The company has increased its purchases from certified suppliers; the assessment of ecological criteria is part of the contractors` selection and evaluation. VAE applies comprehensive environmental criteria to the procurement of investments and repairs, as well as material and energy purchasing. In particular, VAE has taken very ambitious measures to "green" its energy supply, including the enlargement of an existent small-scale power plant on the river Pöls from 1.5 to14 GWh generation of electricity per year and a changeover in heat supply from natural gas to biomass in the form of a contract with a local heat provider. As a result of this measure 30-40 annual jobs could be established in 2009 and 1400 t CO2 emissions will be avoided per year.

Because of the equal evaluation of the jury 3 prizes were given in the category "Public organisations":

1.    Land Oberösterreich (Austria)

Land Oberösterreich, the central procurement office of the Federal Provincial Government of Oberösterreich, deserves special credit for their efforts to mainstream sustainable procurement within the region, by working with other institutions as a central procurement body (e.g. via a dedicated information platform). They are also active on a national level, contributing to the National Action Plan for Sustainable Procurement, and they participate in various European projects.

 2.    Umweltbundesamt (Germany)

Umweltbundesamt is Germany's central federal agency on environmental matters. They provide scientific support to the Federal Government and inform the public about environmental protection. In addition, they are responsible for the implementation of environmental laws. In 2001, the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) started to work with Green Public Procurement. Today the environmental manager is involved in all procurement activities. The relations with the suppliers are defined in the environmental policy. All information on their suppliers has been integrated into a special database. At the moment Umweltbundesamt has 50 partners with EMAS registration and 62 suppliers with the German national Ecolabel "Blauer Engel".

3.    Environment Agency (United Kingdom)

 The Environment Agency is responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. The Agency is a major procurer of goods, works and services.  More than 50% is spent on construction activities. The organisation has received a high score for their special efforts in developing a sustainable supply chain (e.g. fairtrade clothing), capacity building for staff and the scope of their procurement policy. The procurement strategy at the Agency takes a broad view of sustainability and also includes socio-economic considerations. The Agency shares its approach widely across the government and encourages its suppliers and other organisations to integrate sustainable procurement practices as part of their everyday procurement activity.