RSA Announces UK Entrants for European Business Awards

20 February 2012
rsa environment awards forum

PRESS RELEASE

The RSA Environment Awards Forum has announced the 12 UK Entrants chosen to be entered into the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). The EBAE awards recognise outstanding, new or innovative contributions to sustainable development and the UK Entrants will compete for a prize against winners from 23 other countries on the European stage.
UK Entrants for Europe are selected from the winners of RSA Accredited Award Schemes from the past two years. RSA Accreditation is only achieved by a select number of environmental and sustainable award schemes who demonstrate high quality and validity. This means that those chosen for Europe are ‘the best of the best’; the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative companies from across the country.

The UK has had an award winner in every EBAE since 1994.

The biennial EBAE is comprised of four award categories in which companies are rewarded for; outstanding new or innovative management practices, products or processes. There is also a category for international co-operation activities, which contribute to economic and social development without detriment to the environment. This year there is an additional award for biodiversity; selected from entrants to the other categories.

2012 UK Finalists:

Management
Marks and Spencer – Plan A Sustainability Programme
Robert Wiseman – Sustainability Strategy
Olympic Delivery Authority – Sustainable Development Strategy
Arcola – Green Action Plan to become the world’s first carbon neutral theatre

Product
Aquamarine Power – Innovative Oyster wave power technology
Levi Strauss – Levi’s Water Less jeans collection

Process
Oxford Catalyst Group – Microchannel reactors for the production of clean fuels
Hanson –Measham Brick Works, sustainable brick making
Avalon – Insulation installation using abseiling
Greenvale – Unique water recycling system developed in the potato processing industry
International Business Cooperation
Cafédirect – Adaptation for small holders to climate change scheme
Sindicatum – Partnership with the Chinese coal mining industry to bring sustainable development into underground mining

Malcolm Aickin, Chair of the RSA Environment Awards Forum, said “This year’s UK Entrants represent the UK’s wide range of diverse and vibrant sustainable companies and they cover an impressively wide spread of environmental and sustainable issues. They all deserve recognition. EBAE has an expected 160 entrants from 23 countries so they cannot all be winners there, but strength in depth is a compelling reason for the UK’s consistent performance.”
All the UK Entrants will now go forward to next stage of the EBAE Awards and will be assessed alongside the winners from other European countries by a jury who will meet in Copenhagen next month. The eventual winners of each EBAE category will be announced in Brussels during Green Week in June.
For more information please contact the RSA Secretariat rsa@imsplc.com or E: lauren.rowe@imsplc.com T: +44 (0) 117 315 5239.

RSA Accreditation
The RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme has been in operation for the past 10 years, with the aim of helping to differentiate the large number of award schemes currently in existence. It does this by accrediting awards to objective standards, ensuring that there is a benchmark for those that reward real progress towards sustainability.
Currently 14 award schemes in the UK are accredited by the RSA and are the only feeder schemes that can submit entries into the European Commission’s biennial European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). The prestigious EBAE awards play a crucial role in demonstrating progress on environmental and sustainable development issues worldwide.

EBAE Awards
The European Business Awards for the Environment are awarded by the European Commission every two years and aim to recognise and reward European companies which set an example by successfully bringing together innovation, economic viability, environmental considerations and social equity.
The scheme comprises four award categories in which companies are rewarded for outstanding new or innovative management practices, products, processes and international co-operation activities which contribute to economic and social development without detriment to the environment. In 2012 there is an additional award for biodiversity; selected from entrants to the other categories.
To be eligible for the European Business Awards for the Environment, companies first have to win a national award from amongst the schemes which are organised in individual European Union member countries every year. This means that the companies awarded the European prize are ‘the best of the best’; the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative across Europe. In the UK entries are selected from the winners of Accredited Award Schemes. Details of these can be found at
www.rsaaccreditation.org

Participation is open to companies from all EU member states and Turkey. The submission of entries to the European awards competition is managed by national coordinating bodies. In the UK the coordinator is the Royal Society of Arts for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
160 companies from 24 countries have entered this year’s EBAE.
The next round of the awards will be held in 2012 during Green Week in Brussels.