EBAE 2016-17 launches, Green Week 2016, focus on Estonia, catch-up with past winner SM2 Solutions Marines, and more
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European Business Awards for the Environment

In this edition

What's Trending: The 2016-17 EBAE cycle launches; Green Week 2016
EBAE past winner case study: SM2 Solutions Marines, finalists for the 2014 EBAE 'Business and Biodiversity' award
Focus On: Estonia
Coordinator Catch Up: The Netherlands
National Awards Ceremony: Malta
Upcoming Events 
Benefits of the European Business Awards for the Environment 

What's Trending
EBAE 2016-17 Cycle Launches

In the coming months we will announce the 2016 panel of jurors, who will then meet in Bratislava in September to deliberate ahead of the awards ceremony in Tallinn in October. 
As with previous years, each Member State was invited to submit the winners from their national competitions to compete at the European level of the competition. Nominations have just closed, and we will be announcing the competition finalists at the end of September.
The EBAE awards are presented by the European Commission every two years, to recognise European companies of all sizes who have made an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. This year, the competition will include four award categories: International Business Cooperation, and Process, Product & Services, Management. In addition, there will be a special mention for Business & Biodiversity.
Welcome to the 9th cycle of the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

Green Week

The 2016 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual occasion to debate and discuss European environment policy, will take place from Monday, 30 May to Friday, 3 June. It will focus on the theme “Investing for a greener future”. The many facets of green investment will feature throughout the week. Events and activities will take place across Europe, centred around a high-level conference in Brussels on Wednesday 1 June, with a wide variety of organisations and partners taking part. To show how the investments of today can help a “greener future” become a reality, each day of the week will focus on different aspects of the theme.
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Where Are They Now?



SM² Solutions Marines were nominees for the 2014 EBAE ‘Business and Biodiversity’ award. They developed a three-year pilot project, ‘Graines de Mer’, which promotes marine biodiversity by protecting, sustaining and enhancing coastal habitats. The project demonstrates significant potential in relation to the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Directive.

At SM² Solutions Marines, we have created a special greenhouse for sea plants. Varieties – usually threatened or endangered – are collected from seeds on beaches, then grown and cultivated in the greenhouse before being transplanted to the seabed.

The anchoring of large yachts and boats and pollution in the Mediterranean is endangering the area’s natural marine habitat and, in some areas, sea meadows are decreasing and entire species of seagrass are being threatened. By cultivating seagrass (posidonia oceanica) in our greenhouse and transplanting the species in the Golfe-Juan near Cannes on the French Riviera, we are actively repairing the damage in the area.

Similarly, another protected seagrass variety (zostera) was largely destroyed in a lagoon of the Languedoc region following accidental pollution in 2014. By cultivating the plants from seed and reintroducing the species into the Sarrazine lagoon, we are regenerating the natural habitat in the area.

Our other areas of work include designing artificial habitats or reefs to enhance local biodiversity, mitigate the effects of environmental impact (such as offshore wind generation), support specific species (fish, lobsters, etc.) or to boost the local economic activities such as fishing, tourism, etc.

We are now ready to apply their process to coastlines outside of France; the impact of which will not only benefit the marine ecosystem, but also the local economies that rely on fishing and tourism.

We are very grateful to the European Business Awards for the Environment for the significant visibility the competition provided us. As a startup SME, that sort of recognition is invaluable.

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SM² Solutions Marines

Focus On: Estonia


During the last 10 years the socio-economic development in Estonia has been impressive – GDP has grown 2.1 times, average economic growth has been 4%. In Estonia, there are good examples of the application of newer environment-friendly materials in construction, and the use of novel ICT and high-tech inventions whose side-effects contribute to energy saving, CO2 and waste reduction. One of Estonia’s official priorities is energy and resource efficiency. More information about Estonia's performance can be found in the Eco-Innovation Scoreboard.

A specific example of Estonia’s desire to improve eco-innovation is the use of revenues from the Green Investment Scheme.  The Green Investment Scheme (GIS) allows a country with an excess of carbon emissions allowance (defined in the Kyoto Protocol) to sell this excess to another country. The GIS was implemented in Estonia in July 2010, when the Ministry of Environment signed an agreement with the Environmental Investment Centre (EIC), which gave the EIC the right to trade carbon dioxide units and allocate grants from the income of the trade.  The grants are channelled into environmentally sound projects or programmes.

Estonia has excess emissions of about 18.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.  This excess was gained thanks to restructuring of the economy when modern technology and alternative ways of producing energy were introduced, more renewable energy sources were implemented and saving measures were established in energy production.[2]
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[1] Environmental Investment Centre, Green Investment Scheme, 
[2] Environmental Investment Centre, Green Investment Scheme,


Coordinator Catch-Up: The Netherlands

In this edition, we catch up with Dirk Schaap, the Netherlands National Coordinator based at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, to find out about the national process for the European Business Awards for the Environment competition in The Netherlands.

How does your competition work?
Since 1958, the Netherlands have run a highly valued award scheme for excellent entrepreneurship; the King William I Awards. In 2012, an award for sustainable entrepreneurship was added to the existing awards for SME and large companies, called the King William I plaque for Sustainable Entrepreneurship.
Every two years, in February–March, a National jury selects 12 nominees from all the entries for the award for sustainable entrepreneurship. These can also be nominated for the EBAE competition. In April the three finalists are published, together with the three finalists for the SME and Large Company awards.
At the awards ceremony in May, the winners in each of the three categories will be presented by Her Majesty Queen Maxima in the presence of former winners, nominees and  high-level representatives from Local and National Government, Business representatives and other representatives from society. The nominees and finalists get exposure in the press and the largest Dutch newspaper and on a Dutch business TV network. This is all organised and promoted by the foundation.

Who attends the awards ceremony?
The awards are presented to the winners by Her Majesty Queen Maxima as the honorary chair of the King William I foundation. The foundation hosts the award ceremony and about 300 representatives from Government, business and other Societal organisations are personally invited for the award ceremony where all the finalists are presented with a film and an interview by a one of the most popular TV hosts in the Netherlands. This all enables significant exposure in the press and on television.
Along with organising the award event, the foundation also coordinates a network of former finalists, winners and all the representatives from societal organisations by organising a ‘winner’s dinner’ in between the awards. Last year the speaker at the dinner was the Prime Minister, who spoke about entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.

What are your recommendations for businesses wanting to apply?
My advice to businesses wanting to apply is to just do it! My experience with the awards over the past few years is that we have very fine, innovative and sustainable businesses in the Netherlands. Entrepreneurs themselves know very well where they stand out in the business they run and in the sustainability of their business and operations. For the jury and the Ministry, the award scheme presents us with the ‘best of the best’ of sustainable entrepreneurs. My dilemma as coordinator is that I consider all the nominees and finalists winners, and it can be a tough decision. Thankfully we have a very competent and motivated jury, in which academia, businesses and societal organisations are all represented. 

Finally, what difference do you think it makes to win an EBAE award?
I know from the National scheme that winning the awards can have great influence on business. Winning the award, or being selected as a finalist, definitely has an influence on business opportunities through the exposure it generates for the companies. I believe the same goes for winning the European Award; it gives you a platform and level of exposure which can really help in creating new business opportunities. Being selected as an EBAE finalise is a valued sign of a companies’ calibre, sustainability and innovativeness.
National Awards Ceremony: Malta

On the 22nd January 2016, the Cleaner Technology Centre (CTC) organized the presentation ceremony of its 8th Edition of the Environment Award for Industry.

The aim of these awards is to acknowledge the contribution of industry in favour of sustainable development. The awards give recognition to industries or organizations which, through their policies, practices and processes help to bring about social and economic development while reducing the impact of their operations on the environment. Another aim of the awards is to act as a spur for more organizations to take measures in favour of the environment.
This year’s awards were given as follows:
Category A: Management Award for Sustainable Development 
This award aims to recognize and promote organizations that have based their management systems on the requirements of sustainable development. It highlights the growing need for businesses and organizations to acknowledge their obligations to various stakeholders within society and to manage their broader social responsibilities accordingly. 
The winner of this award was: Arrow Pharm (Malta) Ltd
Category B: Conservation Award for Sustainable Development 
This award is designed to recognize and promote the achievement of outstanding results in the areas of energy, water and materials conservation.
The winner of this award was: Elepac Ltd
An honourable mention was given to: James Caterers Ltd
A Special Award for Enduring Commitment to Environmental Protection went to: ST Microelectronics (Malta) Ltd
The applications submitted were screened by a purposely set-up adjudicating committee. The Awardees are eligible to participate in the European Business Award for the Environment, organized by the EU Commission. They will be assisted by the Cleaner Technology Centre throughout the application process.
The winners were presented their awards by the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Leo Brincat F.C.I.B., M.P. A congratulatory video by EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella was also screened during the event
In his welcoming speech, Mr. Pizzuto, Director of the Cleaner Technology Centre spoke about the need to abandon the perception that an expanding industrial field necessarily means environmental degradation. He emphasized that the awardees were ample proof that industries can operate successfully while minimizing their load on the environment and therefore should be emulated.
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Upcoming Events

26th – 29th April - Moscow
ECOTECH Exhibition and Forum
The annual ECOTECH exhibition and forum, organised by the Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, will bring together government officials, regional authorities, international companies, leading scientists and developers under this year’s theme ‘Green Economy is the Basis for Sustainable Development’.
10th – 13th May - Rotterdam

Adaptation Futures 2016: 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference
Adaptation Futures, the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), will bring together policymakers, business leaders, scholars and practitioners from around the world to connect, learn and share best practice.
30th May – 3rd June 2016 - Various

Green Week
The 2016 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual occasion to debate and discuss European environment policy, will focus on the theme ‘Investing for a Greener Future’.
6th – 9th June - Amsterdam

24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
The EUBCE is a world-class pan-European event which covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations and to accelerate growth.
22nd June - Liverpool

International Circular Economy Brokerage Event
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is working with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and InnovateUK to organise a brokerage, matchmaking and information event. The event is focusing on Horizon 2020, technology transfer and commercial opportunities for business making the transition to a circular economy and becoming more resource efficient.
October (date TBC) - Tallinn

20th EcoInnovation Forum
Since 2006, the European fora on eco-innovation has brought together leading and emerging eco-innovators - scientists, policymakers, NGOs, academics and the business communities - to examine current and future issues related to eco-innovation.


What are the main benefits of the European Business Awards for the Environment?
The top three reasons are:
  • Be recognised on a European level for your economic and environmental achievements
  • Raise your business credibility as a reliable environmental innovator
  • Benefit from widespread media coverage and marketing for your company
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the European Business Awards for the Environment?
The European Business Awards for the Environment are designed to recognise and promote organisations that make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. Every two years, the European Commission rewards successful companies that demonstrate commitment to putting sustainable development into action while maintaining economic viability. The awards highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the European Union that help to achieve ‘economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources upon the quality of which continued human activity and further development depend’.
Who can apply for a European Business Award for the Environment?
The European Business Awards for the Environment are open to finalists in national competitions in one of the EU Member States or candidate countries. The awards classify EU companies into two categories: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises/Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Industries; and Major Corporations.
How do I get involved in the European Business Awards for the Environment competition?
Only winners and runners-up of the national competitions and specially commended companies may apply to the European Business Awards for the Environment.  Direct entries are not possible. Applicants must first have entered one of the national award schemes and be chosen to compete at European level. Submission of entries to the European awards competition is managed by national coordinating bodies.
To find out how to enter your national competition,
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Who can I contact for further information and advice?
European Business Awards for the Environment Secretariat and Press Office
Kerry Young or Letitia Florea
Tel: +32 (0) 2 286 1141


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