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Finalists 2010

The Jury, chaired by Cristina García-Orcoyen Tormo, Chief Executive of the Fundación Entorno-BCSD España, is made up of 14 environmental experts representing industry, NGOs, academia and public authorities. The Jury short-listed three candidates in the Management, Product and Process categories and one company in the International Cooperation category. The winners in each category will be announced and receive their awards at a ceremony in the Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels, on 2 June 2010, during Green Week, the Commission's annual environment conference.

The 2010 Business Awards were open to companies from all EU Member States and candidate countries. Companies had to succeed in national award schemes before being nominated by national award bodies for the European Business Awards. The finalists for the European Business Awards chosen are:

The Management Award
Austria Austria
Company: AEVG Abfall- Entsorgungs- und Verwertungs GmbH
Project: AEVG – Integrated municipal waste management
Justification: The Jury highly appreciated the integration of renewable energy and municipal waste management systems run by the company.
The Jury highlighted:
  • The installation of one of the largest solar plant in Europe which provides energy to the local district heating system
  • The investment in a new professional recycling center
  • The improvement of a more efficient customer service to increase the waste recycling rate
  • The involvement of stakeholders to improve the service
Turkey Turkey
Company: ARÇELİK A.Ş
Project: Respects the Globe, Respected Globally: A Good Eco-Management Practice
Justification: The Jury recognised the holistic approach of this manufacturing company to all sectors as well as the fact that environmental and social issues are fully integrated into business management along with financial performance with clear objectives and measurable targets.
The Jury highlighted:
  • Innovative vision, also shared by their subsidiary companies and partners
  • Strong focus on research and development
  • Verifiable commitment to corporate and social responsibility
  • Documented continuous involvement of employees and other stakeholders
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Company: The Findus Group
Project: Fish for Life: Supporting Sustainable Fisheries
Justification: Jury decided to nominate this company for its initiative to implement a management system that allows economic profits without depleting natural resources in a very sensitive sector such as fisheries.
The Jury highlighted:
  • the value of the “Fish for Life” initiative as a benchmark for responsible fishery
  • promotion of best practices and sharing them on both local and international forums
  • contribution to sustain biodiversity by long term business commitment in a sensitive sector
  • life cycle approach from the fishermen to the consumers as described in their principles
  • strong involvement of the employees and other stakeholders
The Product Award
Belgium Belgium
Company: EnergyICT
Project: Implementation of the Advanced Energy Management System, EIServer, at the British Retailer TESCO
Justification: The Jury recognised this project for “Walking the talk” for energy efficient buildings. This project is an energy monitoring and control system which is being used by a major retailer to achieve substantial reduction in energy use.

The Jury highlighted:
  • The development and application of a smart energy system
  • The use of data from the smart energy system to achieve substantial energy reductions by a major retailer
  • The application makes very sound business sense for the provider of the smart energy system and for the retailer
  • This is application of a sound energy management system which could and should be copied by others.
Greece Greece
Company: Frigoglass Saic
Project: Frigoglass “EcoCool” eco-friendly cooling solutions
Justification: The Jury awarded this project for being an energy efficient and benign medium refrigeration system for commercial ice-cold merchandisers. The Jury highlighted:
  • The development of a commercial ice cold merchandiser, using natural benign media which are environmentally friendly
  • The incorporation of a smart energy monitoring and control system into commercial ice-cold merchandisers leading to substantial energy savings
  • The extensive commercialisation of these new merchandisers showing their business benefits
  • This development has and can have further major impacts on the adoption of environmentally and energy efficient food and drink cabinets.
Germany Germany
Company: Siemens AG
Project: Protecting the climate using the world’s largest gas turbine
Justification: The Jury selected this project for producing major improvements to the energy efficiency of large gas turbines
The Jury highlighted:
  • For the first time, a power plant reaches an electrical efficiency of 60%
  • The development depends on advances in turbine engineering, materials science and combustion technology
  • The design innovation makes substantial business sense both for the energy generator and for the energy user
  • Gas driven electricity will be of major importance for the next 50 years so that the widespread adoption of this technology will have significant energy and financial benefits
Slovakia Slovakia
Company: Stredoslovenska energetika a.s. (part of the EDF Group)
Project: Protection of birds (raptors) on electric power lines
Justification: Special commendation in the Product category The Jury considered this project an elegant, low cost, attractive and easily adopted solution to the biodiversity problem of bird kill by electricity transmission lines. This project deserves special mention but does not fit easily into the criteria for a European Business Award for the Environment.
The Jury highlighted:
  • Electricity transmission lines cause widespread loss of important bird species thus contributing to the reduction in biodiversity
  • This innovation is a simple means of reducing bird kill which can be installed with minimum interference to electricity transmission
  • The innovation is a durable product which allows birds to access lines and pylons without risk
  • The product will have widespread benefits for biodiversity and in turn the social benefit of biodiversity
The Process Award
Belgium Belgium
Company: Ecover Belgium n.v.
Project: Ecover – EcoSurfactants
Justification: The Jury recognised this project for its production of ‘ecosurfactants’ through a natural fermentation process, utilising fully renewable raw materials instead of fossil resources.
The Jury highlighted:
  • An Ecosurfactant is produced through natural fermentation at a temperature of 30 0C and at atmospheric pressure so that little energy is required
  • Candida Bombicola, a type of yeast, produces a surfactant based on combining sugar and a fatty acid
  • The process, which is already in routine use, starts from a fully renewable raw material instead of fossil resources
Germany Germany
Company: Dr. –Ing. Werner Neu Verfahrenstechnik GmbH
Project: Development of an energy-saving and economical polymer processing method for manufacturing thick-walled plastic articles in a continuous production process
Justification: The Jury awarded this project for offering massive energy savings and higher productivity through only surface melting of thermoplastic pellets for moulding.
The Jury highlighted:
  • A new method, already effectively used in industry, to produce thermoplastic sheets, pipes and rods was developed
  • The primary product (plastic granules) is not completely melted for the moulding process, but only surface-fused
  • This leads to massive energy savings and reduces production costs by 50%
Germany Germany
Company: Zenergy Power GmbH und Bültmann GmbH
Project: Cutting energy consumption by 50% using magnetic billet heating based on superconductor technology
Justification: The Jury selected this project as it represents the first use of superconductor technology in an industrial production process. Copper and aluminum billets heated using 50% less energy and with 25% higher productivity.
The Jury highlighted:
  • This application constitutes the first use of superconductor technology in an industrial production process
  • Copper and aluminum billets are heated using 50% less energy
  • Productivity is increased by 25%
  • For a 2 MW magnetic billet heater the driving coil power amounts to only 100 W, enabling an extremely high efficiency
The International Cooperation Award
Netherlands Spain
Company: Grupo Ferrovial
Company: ‘Maji ni Uhai’ (Water is life). Water supply and sanitation in Serengueti District, Tanzania
Motivation: The Jury selected this project as providing safe drinking water to the people of the Serengeti, Tanzania, significantly improves the standard of living particularly for women and children. This ongoing project exhibits a high replication potential with clear indications of how to solve an endemic problem in other developing countries.

The Jury highlighted:
  • A modern, innovative way of cooperating between Ferrovial and the Amref Flying Doctors
  • Capacity building in the long term
  • A good example of true corporate responsibility action