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Winners, Silver Medallists and Rising Stars 2020-2021

The Winners below were announced on November 3, during the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference. All of them were outstanding in their field, and all demonstrated progress through a combination of innovation, economic viability, environmental concern and social responsibility. The 2020-2021 competition received 94 applications from 16 European countries.

The management award The Management Award

This Award is for a successful organisation (or group of organisations) with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performances. To reach this objective efficiently, the environmental management scheme should be driven by the key principles of strategic integration, performance improvement, transparency and credibility. In all these regards, the organisation must show that it is leading the field and setting an example for others to follow.

Award winner icon Naturgy

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Spain

Project Title:
Naturgy is an international utility company that provides a service to over 18 million customers, supplying them with sustainable energy (electricity, gas and services). Naturgy have transformed their coal power plants towards technologies involving renewable energies.
Website:
www.naturgy.com/inicio
Award Winner A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología S.A.U for The Management Award (micro and small entities)

Award winner icon TECNORESIDUOS R3 S.L.

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Spain

Project Title:
TECNORESIDUOS R3 provides (non)hazardous waste management to small producers, guaranteeing compliance with the environmental standards set by EMAS EU and Ecolabel.
Website:
www.tecnoresiduos-r3.com/
Award Winner A&B Laboratorios de Biotecnología S.A.U for The Management Award (micro and small entities)

Silver Medallists

DEME Group NV
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Belgium

Project Title:
DEME Group is a world leader in the highly specialised field of dredging, marine engineering and environmental remediation. DEME Group builds harbours and offshore windfarms and supplies services to the renewable energy sector.
Website:
www.deme-group.com/sustainability
Estanc AS
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Estonia

Project Title:
AS Estanc is a family-run steel folding company, focusing on integrating environmental processes into their management with emphasis on involving their staff and promoting diversity.
Website:
estanc.eu

Rising Stars

Company whose application has made a particular impression on the jurors but is not shortlisted for an Award

Galo Resorts Hotels
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Portugal

Project Title:
Galo Resorts Hotels are four-star, green hotels with unique characteristics and energy self-sufficient buildings. They guarantee the future of their destinations and the sector through sustainability. Staying there is entirely environmentally friendly.
Website:
www.galoresort.com
Tony's Chocolonely
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Netherlands

Project Title:
Tony’s Chocolonely is a chocolate company with fair trade production processes which are exclusively 100% slavery-free.
Website:
www.tonyschocolonely.com/


The Product and Services Award The Product and Services Award

This Award is for the successful placing on the market of a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. The product or service may be a new or modified design, or the innovative application of an existing one, in a way that promotes more sustainable patterns of production and consumption or contributes to a sustainable circular economy. Applications for this Award should represent the ‘cutting edge’ of sustainable product and service development, setting an example for others to follow.

Award winner icon Idai Nature S.L.

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Spain

Project Title:
Idai Nature offers natural solutions for growing fruits and vegetables without chemical residues, using botanical extracts and minerals, caring for the environment and farmers and people health.
Website:
idainature.com/
Award Winner Efficient Energy GmbH for The Product and Services Award

Silver Medallists

Tarkett GDL S.A.
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Luxembourg

Project Title:
With 140 years of history, Tarkett Group is a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions.
Website:
www.tarkett.com/
Roofit Solar Energy OÜ
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Estonia

Project Title:
Roofit Solar Energy, a cleantech company, has built a “2 in1” solution that looks like a traditional steel roof, but produces solar electricity and reduces the CO2 footprint of houses.
Website:
roofit.solar/

Rising Stars

Company whose application has made a particular impression on the jurors but is not shortlisted for an Award

Gerotor GmbH
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Germany

Project Title:
Gerotor GmbH set out to bring an energy efficiency technology developed in Formula 1 to the industrial sector. The HPS (High-Power Storage), a high-power storage, is the product that emerged.
Website:
gerotor.tech/
TRIBOO
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Netherlands

Project Title:
TRIBOO has developed entirely circular interiors – like multi-use furniture panels for offices – from the design to the retrieval of materials used. They take the client’s waste materials and proceed to design a product.
Website:
triboo.nl

The Process Award The Process Award

This Award is for the successful application of an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods. A new production solution may involve the application of entirely new processes or techniques, or the innovative application of existing ones. In either case, the solution adopted should make a positive contribution to the environment while also contributing to the economic and social aspects of sustainable development.

Award winner icon Tejidos Royo S.L.

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Spain

Project Title:
Tejidos Royo is a fabric manufacturer which has developed a dry dying technology for denim, thus eliminating wastewater.
Website:
www.tejidosroyo.com
Award Winner ecop Technologies GmbH for The Process Award

Silver Medallists

DuCoop
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Belgium

Project Title:
DuCoop provides innovative technologies in real estate development to close the loops of energy, water and resources, with a smart district management platform. It developed a wastewater management system which simultaneously treats water and creates fertiliser.
Website:
www.ducoop.be
L'Oréal Libramont
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Belgium

Project Title:
The Belgian L’Oréal factory is now a “Waterloop factory”, meaning that all water from the manufacturing process is 100% recycled thanks to filtration with membranes and distillation.
Website:
www.loreal.com/loreal-sharing-beauty-with-all
Schijvens
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Netherlands

Project Title:
Active since 1863, Schijvens designs, produces, distributes and recycles sustainable corporate fashion and workwear for retailers, construction, and facility service companies.
Website:
schijvens.nl

Rising Stars

Companies whose applications have made a particular impression on the jurors but are not shortlisted for an Award

Airbots
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Greece

Project Title:
Airbots focuses on optimally applying high-tech such as satellites and drones to agricultural production, reducing its environmental and biodiversity impact, energy footprint, wastage of rare natural resources and adverse health effects.
Website:
www.airbots.eu/
watttron GmbH
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Germany

Project Title:
watttron GmbH has developed a special heating technology, which can be applied in thermoforming and in many other industrial processes like biotechnology, microelectronics or the automotive industry.
Website:
watttron.de

The Developing Country Cooperation Award The Developing Country Cooperation Award

This Award is for an international business cooperation involving at least one private entity from the European Union, and another from the private, public, non-governmental or academic sector in an emerging or developing country. The cooperation must be a business relationship which makes a significant contribution to sustainable development (environmental protection, economic development, and social development) by transferring or sharing an innovation, which can be a product, service, process, or a management system.

Award winner icon Ondernemers voor Ondernemers (OVO)

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Belgium

Project Title:
Ondernemers Voor Ondernemers supports sustainable economic growth and start-ups in Africa to grow sustainable projects by promoting local entrepreneurship.
Website:
www.ondernemersvoorondernemers.be
Award Winner EOSTA B.V. for The Developing Country Cooperation Award

Silver Medallists

HiPP Produktion Gmunden GmbH
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Austria

Project Title:
Being a leading manufacturer of baby food, HiPP is an advocate for nature protection, responsible use of our natural resources and the preservation of biodiversity. It supports 1200 smallholders in Costa Rica in organic banana production.
Website:
www.hipp.at/
Reverse Resources
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Estonia

Project Title:
Reverse Resources is a B2B collaboration platform for the efficient and transparent management and recycling of textile waste. It works in the textile sector in India and Bangladesh, converting textile waste into renewed textiles.
Website:
reverseresources.net

Rising Stars

Companies whose applications have made a particular impression on the jurors but are not shortlisted for an Award

AMABO
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Austria

Project Title:
AMABO roofing tiles are made out of plastic garbage and sand. They are shatterproof. An ideal product for Africa, made with European technology and produced in Cameroon with local staff.
Website:
www.amabo.at
Basoinsa S.L.
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Spain

Project Title:
Basoinsa is an environmental consultancy dedicated to territorial planning, environmental assessment and restoration. Their projects in Columbia showcase their innovative initiatives, combining clear objectives with creativity.
Website:
basoinsa.com
CO2logic
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Belgium

Project Title:
CO2logic is an international and independent climate advisory organisation, which develops high quality certified climate projects. It provides highly efficient cooking stoves to households in Benin while also involving local entrepreneurs.
Website:
co2logic.com

The Business & Biodiversity Award The Business & Biodiversity Award

This Award is for a successful business model, management scheme, product and service or developing country cooperation, which makes a significant contribution to halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems.

Award winner icon Verstegen

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Netherlands

Project Title:
Via HQ technologies and control, Verstegen certifies a fair, transparent, and sustainable chain from the farmers to the consumers️ for sustainable cooperation and a lasting biodiversity action plan. Its project focuses on regenerative agriculture to ensure biodiversity protection, involving over 2000 farmers.
Website:
verstegen.eu
Award Winner SUEZ SPAIN for The Business & Biodiversity Award

Silver Medallists

Heineken España
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Spain

Project Title:
Heineken España creates water compensation projects focused on the environmental restoration of wetlands and the development of new sustainable agricultural techniques.
Website:
www.heinekenespana.es

Rising Stars

Companies whose applications have made a particular impression on the jurors but are not shortlisted for an Award

Bahnlog GmbH
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Germany

Project Title:
By investing in historical and industrial sites, ensuring that the fauna and flora are protected, and by recycling railway sleepers and ballast, Bahnlog, a railway transport and infrastructure company, aims to achieve an optimal coexistence between ecology and economy.
Website:
bahnlog.com
Biovilla - Cooperative for Sustainable Development
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Portugal

Project Title:
Biovilla aims to achieve a thriving regeneration of the ecological, social and economic landscape with a living, autochthonous and edible agroforest and a resilient local learning community.
Website:
www.biovilla.org/
SEMILLAS CANTUESO S.L.
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Spain

Project Title:
Cantueso provides Biodiversity solutions for crops and restoration projects for any environment.
Website:
www.semillascantueso.com