Sweden, Luxembourg award green industry prizes

Winners include nominees for EU-wide award to be announced in June

Winners of national environment for industry awards schemes have been announced in Sweden and Luxembourg in separate ceremonies held on Friday. Both lists of recognised companies include nominees for this year's EU-level awards, to be announced in June.

The Swedish awards represent the first time national prizes have been on offer to industry for environmental efforts. Organised by the Swedish EMAS Council, which coordinates work on the EU's eco-management and audit scheme, the awards included prizes in four of the five categories used by the EU-level scheme, plus one Sweden-only category.

HP Tronic, an electronics manufacturer, won the "commitment to the environment award". This "small company" had "adopted firm objectives and made its work rational and cost-effective," Richard Almgren of the Federation of Swedish Industries and a member of the awards jury told ENDS Daily.

Other winners were: Glass manufacturer Orrefors in the "ecodesign" category for developing crystal glass without lead or arsenic; Flooring manufacturer Tarkett in the "waste recovery" category for a system of recovery of flooring waste; and car-maker Volvo in the "environmental communications" category for what Mr Almgren described as an "effective job in communicating with employees and stakeholders". A group of 800 small companies in an industrial estate won the "partnerships for sustainable development" for developing a joint environmental management system.

No winner was announced in the "clean technology" category. According to Mr Almgren, this was mainly due to a late start in publicising the award scheme to potentially interested companies. However, Friday's prizes - which were presented by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustav - did include an award for "best EMAS environmental statement," which was won by pulp and paper firm Assi Domän.

Meanwhile, TDK Recording Media Europe won this year's main prize, worth LFr150,000 (Ecu3,670) in Luxembourg's biannual environment awards for industry. By installing a German-made turbine using residual heat only, TDK had achieved a 10% reduction in its Luxembourg factory's emissions of carbon dioxide, the jury said, "contributing significantly" to reducing Luxembourg's overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Of the five other entrants for Luxembourg's awards, Du Pont de Nemours received a commendation for its participation in the EMAS scheme. The awards were organised by the Federation of Luxembourg Industry.

Follow Up:
Swedish EMAS Council, tel: +46 8 700 6254; Federation of Swedish Industries, tel: +46 8 783 8000; Federation of Luxembourg Industry, tel: +352 435 3661.

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