Brussels, 2 June 2010
Commission rewards Europe's best green businesses
Companies from the UK, Belgium, Germany and Spain have won the 2010 European Business Awards for the Environment. The winners were announced by European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at an awards ceremony during the annual Green Week conference in Brussels. The awards recognise "the best of the best" businesses that have already succeeded in competitions at national level.
EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "The more we are aware of the real and inherent value of our environment, the more effectively we will combine economic, social and environmental goals. The companies involved in the European Business Awards for the Environment are a key element in this – demonstrating clearly their innovative abilities and the economic sense of applying eco-technologies and processes."
The awards are given in four categories and recognise European businesses that make a particular contribution to sustainable development by combining innovation, economic viability, environmental concern and social responsibility. The winners were chosen from 141 entries from 24 EU and candidate countries. This is the highest number of entries since the European Business Awards for the Environment were launched in 1987 and reflects the growing interest of businesses in sustainability and their understanding of today's environmental challenges.
The results are as follows:
This award is for companies with outstanding strategic vision and management systems which enable them to continuously improve their contribution to sustainable development.
Winner: The Findus Group, UK
This award is for companies that have developed a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.
Winner: EnergyICT, Belgium
This award is for companies that have developed and applied a new production technology that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development.
Winner: Zenergy Power GmbH and Bültmann GmbH, Germany
This award is for companies that have developed an international partnership for the sharing of knowledge and technology leading to sustainable growth in developing countries.
Winner: Ferrovial, Spain
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