Italy's first annual awards for environmental achievement were announced on Friday at a major energy/environment conference in Rome (ENDS Daily 27 November). There were over 750 entrants from industry, public administration, media, schools and universities. The industry prize went to Milan-based company Ausimont for producing a low-temperature, chlorine-free detergent capable of reducing energy use by 60%. The municipality of Modena was the winning public administration for its urban mobility project including measures to promote the use of public transport and electric bicycles. In a second category, industrial energy managers Sandro Picchiolutto and Aurelio Poggio were awarded prizes for implementing rules relating to heating plants, and for a co-generation plant re-using water. Federica Cingolani of Italian news agency ANSA won the media prize, while two students Massimiliano Avella of Turin and Paolo Frankl of Rome won prizes for work on energy recovery from tyres and solar photovoltaics. "The main criteria we followed were innovation and the potential for real applications," explained the chair of the jury, Mr Bruno Musso. According to Susanna Del Bufalo, who organised the awards for Italy's national energy and environment research body, Enea, the event aims to develop links with similar initiatives in other European countries. "This is not simply an image-building exercise," she told ENDS Daily. "We believe it should be a means to promote innovation, and we intend to follow up the most interesting projects."
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