Finnish recipients of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2008 were presented on 7 November 2007 at the final seminar in Sitra’s Environmental Programme. A total of six companies were awarded in three categories. Each winner was presented with a diploma and a plate made of recycled metal. The winners of the national competition will also participate in the EU-wide European Business Awards for the Environment competition, which is organised every other year.
There were 11 entries in the Finnish national competition. The competition showed a uniformly high standard. Assessment focused on how environmentally friendly and innovative the entries were, and their performance in the market. The Minister of the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, assisted by Pekka Ketonen, the Chairman of the jury for the European Business Awards for the Environment and Senior Advisor to Sitra’s Environmental Programme, presented the awards to the winners in the different categories of the national Cleantech Finland® competition.
1st prize: Neste Oil Oyj, NExBTL®- Diesel fuel made from renewable raw materials
2nd prize: UPM-Kymmene Oyj, UPM ProFi Deck
3rd prize: Trans Veritas Oy, Energy audits of transport chains
1st prize: Outotec Oyj, Ferrochrome production technology
2nd prize: AkkuSer Oy, Recycling process for batteries
International Cooperation category
1st prize: Clean Globe International Oy, New, efficient systems for oil spill prevention and response
Purpose of the competitionThe European Business Awards for the Environment spotlights companies that support sustainable development in their business operations. The companies receiving awards are considered pioneers in environmentally-friendly policies, products and processes. The competition is held in two phases. Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, coordinates the national competition. The winners of the national awards then participate in the European Awards. The international competition is organised by the Environment Directorate-General of European Commission. The winners of the latest international competition will be announced in Brussels in June 2008, in conjunction of the Green Week.
The jury of the competitionThe entries to the Finnish competition were evaluated by a national jury. The jury included Professor Olli Dahl (Helsinki University of Technology), Head of Industry Janne Hietaniemi (Finpro), Director General Lea Kauppi (the Finnish Environment Institute), Technology Director Kari Larjava (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland ), Professor Peter Lund (Helsinki University of Technology), Executive Director Jukka Noponen (Sitra), Programme Director Mari Pantsar-Kallio (Finnish Cleantech Cluster), Executive Director Hannu Penttilä (the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council ), Managing Director Katri Penttinen (the Association of Environmental Enterprises ), Programme Manager Riku Vahala (Finnish Water and Waste Water Works Association) and Director Martti Äijälä (Tekes). The jury was chaired by Sitra’s Senior Advisor Pekka Ketonen.
Jukka Noponen, Executive Director, Environmentel Programme
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Riina Loukola, Project Manager
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Pekka Ketonen, Senior Advisor, Chairman of the jury
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