European Business Awards for the Environment: Rewarding Eco-Innovation for Jobs and Growth

Every two years, the European Commission presents the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). Since its launch under the name ‘European Better Environment Awards for Industry’ in 1987, the Awards have recognised and rewarded those companies that demonstrate their commitment to eco-innovation, or put sustainable development and respect for the environment at the very core of their business principles.

The Awards celebrate companies and projects throughout Europe and across all sectors of business. To be eligible for consideration, companies must first have succeeded in their national award schemes (organised throughout Europe each year), and then be nominated by their respective national coordinating bodies. This means that the companies recognised in the pan-European Awards are truly ‘the best of the best’; the most innovative, environmentally responsible and far-sighted across Europe.

This year the competition saw 148 entries from 21 EU Member States and candidate countries. In September, an independent panel of 27 jurors from across Europe – representing industry, NGOs, academia, public authorities and past EBAE finalists – met in Bratislava to assess the entrants, and to determine the winners in each category.

The 2016–17 competition has four award categories: Management (with separate awards for micro/small and medium/large entities), Product and Services, Process, and International Business Cooperation. In addition, there is an Award for Business and Biodiversity, the winner of which is selected from companies applying for any of the other four categories. For each Award, the winners are those who are setting an example for others to follow, and who best demonstrate progress through a combination of innovation, environmental benefit, economic viability, social responsibility, and commitment to the cause.

Winners of the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment announced

Low Associates were in Lyon on 1 December 2014, for the 17th Forum on Eco-Innovation, where European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, announced the five winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

The winners were Eczaçibasi Yapi Gerecleri (Turkey) for management; Daimler AG (Germany) for process; Eco Nation (Belgium) for product and services; Interface Nederland BV (Netherlands) for international business cooperation; and Red Electrica de Espana (Spain) for business and biodiversity.

The five winners, selected from a shortlist of 16 candidates from 10 different European countries successfully combined innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance. Low Associates and our partner Hanover manage the secretariat, the Awards process and its promotion.