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Newsletter November 2018

European Business Awards for the Environment

In this edition
  • EBAE Snippets
  • Focus On: Boosting Circularity among SMEs
  • Coordinator Catch-up: Andreas Tschulik
  • What's Trending: International Growth in Transition Conference 2018
  • Promoters Corner: REVOLVE Magazine
  • Upcoming Events
EBAE Snippets

Winners of European Business Awards for the Environment revealed

EBAE Winners 2018-2019
 A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología S.A.U. (Spain) – Management Award (Micro and Small Entities)
 Arçelik A.Ş. (Turkey) – Management Award (Medium and Large Entities)
 ecop Technologies GmbH (Austria) – Business Process Award
 Efficient Energy GmbH (Germany) – Product & Services Award
 EOSTA B.V. (The Netherlands) – Developing Country Cooperation Award
 Jean Bouteille (France) – Management Award (Micro and Small Entities)
 SUEZ SPAIN (Spain) – Business & Biodiversity Award
These seven companies from six different countries are the Winners of the 2018-2019 European Business Awards for the Environment, the scheme which rewards those businesses that are making the most outstanding contribution to sustainable development through eco-innovation.
The winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony that took place on 14 November in Vienna (Austria) as part of the “Growth in Transition” conference, in the presence of Gilles Gantelet, Director at the European Commission’s DG Environment, and Jürgen Schneider, Director General at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.
Read more about the Winners, Runners-up and Rising Stars here!

Meet the EBAE Winners 2018-2019

See the photos of the Ceremony here and read the post-Awards e-brochure here.

Focus On

Boosting Circularity among SMEs
Boosting Circularity among SMEsOn 6-7 December 2018, the European Commission will hold a two-day event in Brussels to explore the role that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play in the circular economy transition.
SMEs are the backbone of the European economy. If they want to survive and prosper they certainly have to become also an essential pillar of a sustainable, low-carbon circular economy. Indeed, given their economic importance and their accumulated environmental impact, there cannot be an effective transition towards a circular economy without European SMEs.
The event will include round-tables, workshops, networking and interactive sessions that will directly help:  

  • SMEs and corporates to boost their business and become more circular;
  • SME support organisations (e.g. industry associations, Chambers of Commerce) to deliver services to help SMEs adopt circular economy practices;
  • and local-and regional authorities to boost the transition towards a circular economy in their region.

Registration and more information are available here.

Coordinator Catch-Up: Andreas Tschulik

Andreas TschulikAustria just hosted the European Business Awards for the Environment Awards Ceremony.  We are delighted to catch up with Andreas Tschulik, EBAE coordinator at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

The EBAE Awards Ceremony just concluded in Vienna. We thank you for your hospitality and support! Please give us a comment on the evening and the winners.
"The Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism was honoured to host the EBAE Awards Ceremony. The presentation of finalists and winners was extremely interesting and motivating, proving that there are highly competitive companies tackling our big challenges like climate change and circular economy. Of course we are especially proud to have two Austrian companies respectively a winner and a runner-up. Our award winner “ecop” has developed a real break-through technology, a high efficiency heat pump using a refrigerant with zero global warming potential."

What are the future perspectives of Austria's national competition and its involvement in the next cycle of EBAE?
"Austria is keen to have competitive national champions, who are also performing well on a European level. For sure, we will keep up this ambition fort the next cycle of EBAE."

What tips would you give to an Austrian company wishing to apply for EBAE?

"Still there are many hidden champions in Austria with respect to environmental protection or environmental management and technologies. They should take the opportunity to apply for EBAE and to benchmark on a European level. In any case the Ministry will support volunteers to have an elaborate application to safeguard the potential for winning."


Mr Tschulik and his colleagues from the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism also hosted the EBAE Steering Committee on 15 November, gathering National Coordinators from all across Europe to take stock of this cycle's outcomes and plan for the next one.

What's Trending

International Growth in Transition Conference 2018 calls for action on climate protection and greater sustainability

Growth in Transition Conference 2018
Ten concrete proposals form the Call to Action presented to Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission by Hans Bruyninckx, the Director of the European Environment Agency, at the end of the fourth international Growth in Transition Conference held in Vienna on 14-15 November 2018. Austrian Sustainability Minister Elisabeth Köstinger emphasised the importance of a global transition towards sustainable society in the framework of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Call to Action was formulated by the Conference participants and calls for the European Commission together with the EU Member States to focus on key themes such as decarbonisation, the circular economy, sustainable management of natural resources, halting climate change, and digitalisation.
Minister Köstinger said: “We are not waiting for the future, we are creating it. Economic growth and climate protection are not contradictory. The SDGs are our roadmap for transformation towards greater sustainability. They need to be more strongly embedded within European politics and the politics of nation states and we will work towards this goal. Austria wants to be among the top five states to play a leading role in implementing the SDGs; quite simply, because we owe it to ourselves and to future generations.”
The Call to Action makes further recommendations to promote the development of eco-innovations and a sustainable financial sector. In addition, a stronger focus must be placed on sustainability research and increasing public awareness of sustainability issues, not least through more intensive cooperation with the media.
Commissioner Timmermans welcomed the Call to Action at the Conference: “If everyone was to live as Europeans, we would need almost three planets. It is clear, that the great challenge of our time is how to change the way we produce, consume, work and live. No one can afford to be a freerider anymore because we're all in this together. Europe has the skills, the ingenuity and the courage to lead the way. And that is exactly what we should do together, now."
The Call to Action also proposes the expansion of the “Growth in Transition” initiative at European level and calls for the involvement of all citizens in the development of a sustainable future for the European Union.

Promoters Corner

REVOLVE MagazinesWe are delighted to introduce REVOLVE Magazine, the second Media Partners of this year’s EBAE Awards Ceremony.

REVOLVE Magazine offers a unique rotating editorial focus on water (winter), nature (spring), energy (summer) and transport (autumn). Bringing together the main themes of sustainability, REVOLVE offers pull-out photo essays, insightful interviews with thought leaders and in-depth features with various partners.
Keep an eye on the Winter edition of the magazine, featuring a report from the EBAE Ceremony.


Upcoming Events
International Conference ‘Business & biodiversity: Roadmaps to Positive Impact'
International Conference ‘Business & biodiversity: Roadmaps to Positive Impact'
(29 November 2018, Paris, France)
The EU B@B Platform, the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) and CDC Biodiversité are joining forces to help businesses integrate biodiversity and natural capital considerations into their daily management practices by organising the joint event “Business & biodiversity, roadmaps to positive impact”. Most businesses impact and depend on natural capital to some degree. While the decline in the extent and condition of natural systems creates risks for companies it also creates opportunities to help resolve the situation to the benefit of businesses. In addition, companies seeking to understand their relationship with nature and to manage their impacts and dependencies for a positive outcome will gain a competitive advantage. More information >>
Sustainable Development Strategies – from Design to Monitoring: Civil Society's Role
Sustainable Development Strategies – from Design to Monitoring: Civil Society's Role
(30 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium)
The EESC continues to advocate for integrating the SDGs fully and urgently into the European policy framework by setting out a vision for a sustainable Europe by 2030 and beyond. However, achieving sustainable development can only become a reality if all actors take collective action and pull in the same direction. New governance mechanisms are therefore needed to embed participation and engagement by civil society into the design and implementing processes. More information >>
Blue Bioeconomy Forum
(7 December 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

This Blue Bioeconomy Forum has been organised for industries, public agencies, financial organisations, researchers and civil society, working on or interested in the Blue Bioeconomy of the EU – aquatic and marine environments. The event will look at the current status of the emerging Blue Bioeconomy in Europe, identify strategic developments, market opportunities, financing possibilities and research priorities. There will be discussions with core experts on the challenges in the future sustainable production of food, non-food and feed in the Blue Bioeconomy sector. The exchange of ideas is expected to result in formulation of a roadmap for the development of the Blue Bioeconomy in the EU. More information>>
Conference Sustainable Building: Level(s) – Bringing Buildings into the Circular Economy
Conference Sustainable Building: Level(s) – Bringing Buildings into the Circular Economy
(18 December 2018, Brussels, Belgium)
The building sector is shifting towards sustainability, but the pace must accelerate if Europe is to deliver a circular economy - and realise the emissions, resource efficiency and socio-economic potential of the sector. This conference will explore the growing support across Europe for Level(s), the European Commission’s new sustainable building reporting framework which aims to provide the insights that will shape future building sector policy. More information>>