Commission announces winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015

These 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.

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.

Product and services award goes to EcoNation for their “Lighten the energy bill” project, which features the ‘LightCatcher,’ an intelligent daylight system that can generate massive energy saving by maximising the use of available daylight.

Daimler AG won the Process innovation award for the twin wire arc spraying technology, which applies an iron-carbon coating to the inner surfaces of cylinders in aluminium crankcases. Widespread use could generate considerable fuel savings and reductions in CO2 emissions.

The international business cooperation award goes to Interface Nederland BV for its project Net-Works. The Jury selected the project because of its ambitious aim to tackle the growing global environmental problem of discarded fishing nets whilst providing socio-economic benefits to some of the world’s poorest coastal communities.

Red Eléctrica de España won The Business and Biodiversity Award for outstanding achievements in halting biodiversity loss and support to natural ecosystems through the “Birds and electricity transmission lines: mapping of flight paths” project. The tool uses Geographic Information Systems that integrate data about bird flight paths.