EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella has announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-15. They include EcoNation (Belgium), Interface Nederland BV (Netherlands) and Red Eléctrica de España (Spain)
EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-15 at an evening ceremony last night. The awards recognise companies that combine competitiveness with respect for the environment in five categories: management, product and services, process innovation, business and biodiversity and international business cooperation. This year's winners include large corporations and SMEs:
- Eczacıbaşı Yapı Gereçleri (Turkey), a leading producer of ceramic bathroom products and tiles, for management
- EcoNation (Belgium), a company supplying lighting solutions, for product and services
- Daimler AG (Germany), a motor vehicle and engine manufacturer, for process innovation
- Interface Nederland BV (Netherlands), the world's largest designer and maker of carpet tiles, for international business cooperation
- Red Eléctrica de España (Spain), an electricity operator, for business and biodiversity
Commissioner Karmenu Vella said: “Growing numbers of businesses realise that protecting the environment is vital for maintaining Europe's competitiveness. The Commission's European Business Awards for the Environment recognise the best of these pioneers, singling out leaders and companies at the forefront of eco-innovation. My warm congratulations to all these winners.”
The environmental goods and services sector has continued to expand, even during the recent economic downturn. An expanding global market means eco-industries can expect to enjoy significant export potential, in addition to wider demand within the EU.
The Management Award
Eczacıbaşı Yapı Gereçleri won the management award for their Blue Life Integrated Sustainability Management System, implemented in their Building Products division. It measures and reports the sustainability credentials of all business processes, so that the environmental impact of products is reduced at each step of their life cycle, from design to the final user. The company has successfully integrated resource management across its operations and adopted a sustainable retail practice model with high replication potential.