On 27 October 2016, the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2016-17 were announced at a ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia. The awards recognise companies in the EU and candidate countries, from all sectors that combine competitiveness with respect for the environment in the following categories: management, product and services, process innovation, business and biodiversity, and international business cooperation. These awards are an important part of the Commission's toolbox for the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan adopted in December 2015.
From micro start-ups through to global brands, this year's winners are:
- Ladybird Farm (Hungary), sustainable leisure centre: for management (micro and small business). Ladybird Farm Leisure Centre was established to promote a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature and the environment. Attracting 65,000 visitors and providing 12,000 guest nights a year, Ladybird Farm has developed attractions that do not consume any energy, or, if they do, the farm produces the necessary energy from renewable sources. A key element of its sustainability concept is the extensive use of renewable energy sources; the centre covers 80% of its energy need from sustainable sources through photovoltaic solar panels and biomass. Ladybird Farm considers social value as equally important as financial profit, and in keeping with this it introduced the concept of “Pay by Waste”; visitors can pay a part of their entrance fee using household waste, such as paper.
- CMS Window Systems (United Kingdom), a leading producer of energy-efficient windows: for management (medium and large business). The company has created the CMS Innovation Hub – a previously derelict building, G-rated for energy – where daily energy costs are now around £3.50 due to external ‘stone wool’ insulation, thermally efficient windows and doors, energy-efficient lighting and IT equipment, and a heat recovery heat pump climate control system. Its use is free-of-charge for theoretical and practical training for stakeholders and peer organisations, providing them with the latest information on industry standards, sustainable construction practices and energy saving products.
- Hydromx International A.S. (Turkey), a company supplying innovative energy solutions: for product and services
- M2i Life Sciences (France), European leader in pesticide-free protection of crops: for process innovations
- HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG (Germany), a baby food manufacturer: for business & biodiversity
- Fairphone BV (Netherlands), the world's first ethical smartphone provider: for international cooperation
The 6 winners were chosen from a list of 24 finalists. In total, 148 companies from 21 European countries competed for the award.
For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission webpages at the links below.