The EMAS Awards celebrate the achievements of EMAS registered organisations that have demonstrated environmental excellence.
Participating organisations from throughout the EU take part in one of three categories:
The EMAS Awards are held every two years and last took place in May 2017 in Valletta, Malta. Find out more about the EMAS Awards here.
Each application undergoes the detailed examination of a jury made up of independent environmental management experts. After a rigorous evaluation of the participating organisations' environmental statements, the selected winners can call themselves clear leaders in their field!
The theme for the 2017 edition of the EMAS Awards was ‘Contributing to making the European economy more circular’. It rewarded organisations which took steps to make their operations or business model more resource efficient, for instance by redesigning products to increase lifetime or reducing waste. Read below about the 2017 winners and their achievements. For more information on all 2017 nominees and jury members, check the EMAS Awards Brochure 2017.
Winner in the category Small and Medium Private Organisations
Seacourt Ltd (United Kingdom) is one of the world’s leading environmental printing companies. Since 2009, the family-owned business with only 20 employees has achieved zero waste to landfill - everything they print either ends up as a finished printed product or is recycled, making them the first zero-waste printing company in the world. The jury also recognized Seacourt's development of new technology for the printing sector - an innovative printing process called LightTouch that eliminates the use of chemicals.
Winner in the category Large Organisations
Martin's Hotels (Belgium) is a hotel operator with an innovative sustainability strategy called “tomorrow needs today”. The company has integrated sustainability into areas from purchasing to waste management and has reduced energy consumption even while welcoming more guests. Martin's Hotels also strives to use resources in a circular way by leasing products and reusing furniture. The company's extensive efforts to involve suppliers, employees and customers was decisive in winning the EMAS Award.Winner in the category Public Organisations
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (Germany) has been committed to sustainable research and teaching for over 180 years. Among their many initiatives, the university uses solar energy and heat from wood pellets from the local Eberwalde forest, uses only energy efficient devices and then donates them for reuse, and implements sustainable catering guidelines. Because HNEE trains young people to take on roles in the future circular economy, the jury's decision to award them is both a recognition of their efforts and of the importance of “walking the talk”.
In addition to the three winners, five organisations have been given special recognition.
Small and Medium Private Organisations:
PMC Holding – Nnof, Your Mover Logistics (Belgium), a group of companies offering complete services to improve office spaces (design, move of furniture, repair and maintenance, etc.), received an honorable mention for its application of the circular economy principles throughout the whole value chain, and for their commitment to train future movers and designers to reflect sustainability.
Acqua & Sole s.r.l. (Italy), a company using waste and by-products generated during food production and consumption to produce nutrients necessary for agriculture was recognized for its contribution to Circular Economy.
Large organisations: WIEGEL Verwaltung GmbH & Co KG (Germany), a company using hot-dip galvanising and powder coating to protect steel permanently against rust, was recognized for their significant efforts to decrease environmental pollution in a heavy industrial sector.
The European Parliament (EU, registered in France) received an honorary mention for living its own message as the public institution which passed the circular economy package into law. They have implemented a sustainable buildings and waste management policy that includes donations, a systematic green public procurement approach, and awareness-raising activities and training.
The Comune di Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa (Italy), a small municipality of 7,000 inhabitants, received an honorary mention for its commitment to circular economy despite its limited resources. Their initiatives span many levels, from the operation of a biomass power plant that uses waste collected on riverbanks to the organisation of markets where citizens can trade used items.
The theme for the 2015 edition of the EMAS Awards was ‘eco-innovation’. In 2015, participating organisations took part in one of six categories: small or large public organisations; and micro-sized, small, medium-sized or large private organisations. Read below about the 2015 winners and their achievements. For more information on all 2015 nominees and jury members, check the EMAS Awards Brochure 2015.
Micro-organisations: La Page Original (Spain) is a graphic design and visual communication studio with just three employees. It stands out for incorporating environmental criteria into all of its projects and therefore greening the buying behavior of its customers.
Small organisations: Seehotel Wiesler GmbH (Germany) is a nature and wellness hotel on Lake Titisee in the southern Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg. For a small business, the extent of its activities and promotion is exceptional. Seehotel has developed a model for eco-tourism that has motivated 32 other hotels (plus a further 12 due this year) to join EMAS. Together, they constitute the “Nature Park Inns and Hotels Schwarzwald” group, co-founded by Seehotel’s owner Mr Wiesler.
Medium-sized organisations: Metallbau Haslinger GmbH (Germany) produces steel constructions and overhead cranes. It is on the way to becoming carbon neutral, despite its energy-intensive processes. Heat for space heating and powder coating is generated from wood chips, the electricity for fabrication comes from solar energy, and transport is partly through electric vehicles. Adjusting operations to match the availability of solar power requires impressive commitment from employees and management.
Large organisations: COMEXI Group Industries S.A.U. (Spain) is a family company whose strategic commitment to eco-innovation led them to develop a new printing machine called COMEXI OFFSET-CI8. This fully eliminates the use of solvent-based inks in the printing process – thus ending the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It also consumes 40 % less energy. Comexi could transform the entire printing sector, especially because it has an outstanding level of engagement with other actors in the supply chain.
Small organisations: Regional Centre for Water and Wastewater Management Co. (RCGW S.A.) (Poland) is a European leader in the production and use of renewable energy in the water and wastewater sector. It produces 50 % more energy than it needs every month from biogas. RCGW stands out amongst its peers for investment in innovative research and engagement with local communities. This is an outward-looking company with very professional, advanced green management.
Large organisations: Landeskrankenanstalten-Betriebsgesellschaft - KABEG (Austria) owns and manages the five biggest public hospitals in southern Austria. It has radically reduced its environmental impact by cutting back on water consumption, switching to 100 % green energy (including in-house solar power), more energy-efficient processes and buildings, and on-site electromobility. KABEG is impressive for the sheer range of its actions across all five sites, plus two research projects that take the benefits of eco-innovation beyond its core business.
In addition to the six winners, two organisations have been given special recognition.
Medium-sized organisations: Schulverein St. Ursula in Österreich (Austria), a school in Vienna, received an honorary mention for its engagement with students on environmental issues.
Large organisations: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG (Germany), a global automotive and industrial supplier, received an honorary mention for its front-runner approach to implementing EMAS at global level: a total of 53 registered sites and the first EMAS registrations in China.
For the EU EMAS Award Winners from previous years: click here (archived page).
To discover the achievements of organisations beyond the EMAS Awards, check out our Showcase of Achievements.