The European Commission has announced the winners of 2014’s European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards in Hannover, Germany. All winners have applied innovative solutions to improving their environmental performance, highlighting how important innovation is in the transition towards a circular and resource efficient economy. Read more…
This year’s winners are VAS. & EK. KOTTARIDI G.P. (Greece), HR Björkmans Entrémattor AB (Sweden), Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft Dresden mbH and Umweltbundesamt (Germany), Voestalpine VAE + Weichensysteme + HYTRONICS GmbH (Austria), Aeropuerto de Menorca Aena-Aeropuertos S.A. (Spain). These organisations were selected by an independent jury of environmental technology and eco-innovation experts from a pool of 29 entries, spanning 14 European countries.
The winners came from both the private and public sector and ranged the entire organisation size spectrum.
VAS. & EK. KOTTARIDI G.P., for example, is a micro-organisation that producinges barbeque briquettes from Greek olive pits – a green product produced in an innovative and environmentally-friendly manner from waste material. At the other end of the spectrum, Another winner, Umweltbundesamt, the German federal scientific agency for the environment, built the first zero-energy public building in Germany, ‘Haus 2019’.
The EMAS is a management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.
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