The 2019 edition of the EMAS Awards will reward the achievements of EMAS registered organisations that implemented EMAS as a driver of change towards sustainable transition through a long-term holistic vision for a positive impact on sustainable development as a whole.
Member States had until July 15 to review applications and nominate EMAS organisations in 5 categories: private micro and small, private medium-sized organisations, private large organisations, public micro and small organisations and public large organisations.
In this series of articles, the EMAS Helpdesk will introduce the winners of the national preselection who are the nominees of the 2019 article.
This fourth article will introduce the category public micro and small organisations. This year, we have four nominees from Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Spain.
1. Belgium: The Office National des Vacances Annuelles (ONVA) is a public social security institution which, along with a few other holiday funds, is responsible for the determination of the number of vacation days and the amount of the holiday pay. Our dream is to guarantee everyone a moment of escape. This dream is reflected in the term "sustainability" in three ways. We want to contribute to a sustainable society for future generations and reduce our ecological footprint. We want to build a sustainable relationship with our customers to help them embrace our environmental vision. We want to have a sustainable personnel management because our employees’ wellbeing is important to us.
2. Germany: The Augustana-Hochschule is the theological college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Teaching, learning and living take place on the 35,000 m² campus. At the heart of the commitment to sustainability is the mission of the church to preserve God’s creation. In a participation process, the university involved university management, employees, students, suppliers and neighbours in the implementation of EMAS and thus contributed to the public awareness for the environment and for sustainability. Both topics have also been implemented into the teaching assignment. Intensive communication work allowed energy consumption to be reduced by 7.5 percent within four years, despite increased use of space. As a Fairtrade University, the university pays attention to the increased purchase of traded, regional and organic products.
3. Portugal: The Estação de Radar N.º2 (ER2) is an operational unit of the Portuguese Air Force, which is focused on ensuring the readiness of installed Air Command and Control systems. With the implementation of EMAS, ER2 has developed and ensured the implementation of measures that we consider to be the path to a more conscious, transparent and more operational activity of the associated risks and opportunities, which translates into a more sustainable performance, therefore contributing to the reduction of our ecological footprint.
4. Spain: Autoridad Portuaria de Cartegena is a public body responsible for managing the Port of Cartagena in Murcia. The port authority is an integrated services company that aims to meet its customers' needs through effective and sustainable management. It seeks to provide services that are optimised for efficiency, economy, productivity and security. It is integrated into the state port system with the goal of supporting the socio-economic development of Cartagena and the Murcia region. Its goal is to become Spain's leading port for bulk cargo and the primary port in south-east Spain for general cargo and cruise ships.
Illustrating EMAS as driver of change in various sectors, the nominees of the 2019 edition prove that a wide range of actions can be taken to support a sustainable transition. Their initiatives have been reviewed by a jury composed of EMAS experts.
To know the name of the winner in the category Private micro and small organisations, we will have to wait till November 25, where the Awards Ceremony will take place in Bilbao. To know more about the event, please consult the EMAS Awards section. We wish the nominees the best of luck!