Jury members and their role in the Climate Cup

For each country participating in the Climate Cup, one jury member was nominated for her/his political and social engagement on energy efficiency. The jury was mainly formed by energy experts and representatives of SMEs, but also of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) who advocate energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate protection in their constituency as well as on a European level.

The members of the jury supported the competition by their personal expertise and by disseminating the Climate Cup on a national and European level.

Séan Kelly, MEP (Ireland)

MEP Séan Kelly is a member of the European Parliament for Ireland South. Sean has been honoured as 2012 MEP of the Year for Research and Innovation and 2014 MEP of the Year for Digital Agenda. Seán is a former President of the GAA and former Executive Chairman of the Irish Institute of Sport.
 “I am delighted to add my full support to the European Enterprise Climate Cup. We can all get involved in helping to reach the European targets of CO2 reduction while learning how to achieve real energy savings within businesses. Participation will engage SMEs in the spirit of competition, raise awareness, and reduce our energy costs. I wish our Irish partner, Tipperary Energy Agency, great success with this initiative and look forward to Irish SMEs rising to the challenge!”

Bendt Bendtsen, MEP (Denmark)

Bendt Bendtsen  is the Danish jury-member of the EECC, and he has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009. He is in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and is the active deputy of the Committee on International Trade (INTA).
"Most of all jobs within the EU are created by small and medium-sized enterprises, and I am very concerned with ensuring their competitiveness. In this regard, their ability to save energy plays an important part. We know that the enterprises can both lower their costs, and aim for a greener profile, while increasing their competitiveness, when committing to a more energy-efficient design of their office spaces. European Enterprises' Climate Cup (EECC) is there to promote, how the potential can be exploited for the benefit of both the environment and the enterprise’s economy. The enterprises might be inspired to work with new technical solutions, but also to engage employees to take on a more sustainable behaviour in the workplace. Especially the latter is a way to save energy that is both cheap and involving - and it is something that each employee can be inspired by and take home, where they might also benefit from it."

Veselin Iliev (Bulgaria)

Veselin Iliev is the Director General of “Internal Economic Relations” Department at Bulgarian Industrial Association (from February 2001 till present). As a team leader of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to BIA he has long term experience in providing SME business support, including innovation management support (National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 – Access to Finance); competitiveness and innovations; market access; standardization and acquits requirements; environmental and resource efficiency solutions for industry; technology transfers and commercial cooperation, others. He is the Bulgarian member of
“Small and Medium Enterprises are the backbone of Bulgarian economy. By improving their environmental and energy performance several positive effects are expected: improving their competitiveness, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing for the green economy and sustainable development of our society.

European Enterprises Climate Cup is a great opportunity to mobilize the internal resources of small business towards effective processes and better organization and awareness of the employees. The initiative contributes to the corporate social responsibility of the participating enterprises and their image. Saving energy is not only associated with money, but also with new culture at company level which can be easily transferred to the other levels of economy and society. The lessons learned during competition can be used at national and EU level; they will have influence to the personal human behavior and will be also transferred to the next generation. “

Miquel Cabré (Spain)

Consultant and President of the Catalan Wind Association (EolicCat)

 Miquel Cabré is a Telecommunications Engineer specialized in Systems Control. He is co-founder of Ecotècnia, the first wind power cooperative in Spain. He has developed his career in wind energy industry, working in various technical fields (design of control systems, electrical infrastructure, wind engineering, operation and maintenance, project management ...) and assuming different roles of management and leadership. In the business management area, he has been President of Ecotècnia from 2003 to 2007 and Director of Strategy and Business Development in Alstom Wind until April 2014.

Martina Schulz (Austria)

Dr. Martina Schuster is Head of Division „Energy and Economic Policy“ in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.
“The EECC project allows small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to contribute to energy efficiency and to the increased use of renewable energy and as a consequence to the protection of climate. The initiative carried out in the form of a European competition is going to support investments in energy efficiency and renewable energies. At the same time it will raise awareness and motivate behavioral changes.
Already for a couple of years the Austrian Ministry of Environment has been supporting SMEs in the development and implementation of energy efficiency measures. It avows itself also to the European Enterprises‘ Climate Cup.”

Mercedes Bresso, MEP (Italy)

Mercedes Bresso is Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Committee on Regional Development as well as of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

It is well known that the excessive energy consumption and the pollution are among the most urgent problems that today's society has to fight. I decided to support the project "European Enterprises Climate Cup" because it deals with these issues in a simple but very effective way and empowers companies and its employees on environmental issues: in fact, not only the processes of production are responsible for the emission of CO2, but also the daily activities carried out in the offices can be very energy-consuming. On the other hand, the increased attention to the issues of energy and environmental sustainability can lead to savings on energy costs, an aspect largely positive as for the current economic crisis we are going through and that afflictes many companies. So I can only wish all participating companies to be able to achieve the best possible results.”

Michèle RIVASI, MEP (France)

 Member of the European Parliament since 2009, Michèle RIVASI has always proved a strong commitment to sufficient, efficient and renewable energy policies. Co-founder of the Commission for Research and Independent Information on Radioactivity (CRIIRAD) in 1986, Michèle Rivasi also co-founded the Observatory for vigilance and ecological warning (Ovale). She is now President of the Nuclear Transparency Watch Association, calling for a greater transparency and a better safety in the nuclear industry.

“The European Enterprises Climate Cup is a new lever to involve companies and their employees to achieve energy savings in daily life at work and at home and to help protect the climate. All companies can and should have a role in the energy transition, including through raising awareness among their employees.”

Roberts Zīle, MEP (Latvia)

 Roberts Zīle is member of the European Parliament. 
“The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions decidedly is one of the main tasks for EU and the whole world, to ensure quality of life for next generation on the Earth. To achieve this it is important, that inhabitants and also enterprises, understand what it means in practice. The European Enterprises’ Climate Cup is a great opportunity also for SMEs’ to receive a professional support, in order to try out what means saving energy, and whether this really cause inconvenience and losses as it is sometimes meant. I am sure that saving energy is in our all interests – as the short term for money reduction and bigger for ensuring the energy independence, and also long term interests – transferring green planet to our children! “

Dieter Brübach (Germany)

Dieter Brübach is part of the management board of B.A.U.M. e.V., an international enterprise network supporting sustainable management in companies. 
"Each single enterprise is part of a global ecological system and has an individual responsibility for the conservation of natural ressources. Therefore B.A.U.M. helps SMEs as well as larger companies developing a sustainable coporate culture. For this reason we support the European Enterprises Climate Cup - because its participants experience what they can do for climate protection."

Vincent Buhagiar (Malta)

Prof. Vincent Buhagiar is  an architect & civil engineer by profession, and holds a PhD in energy efficiency in buildings. He is currently the Head of Department of Environmental Design, at the Faculty for the Built Environment, coordinating an MSc in the field, as well as related study-units at undergraduate level. Additionally he also teaches Architectural Science, Bioclimatic Architecture, Design, and Energy Conservation in the built environment. He has recently been nominated an EU expert assessor on energy related thematic projects. Prof. Buhagiar is also a registered member of the international CAA (Commonwealth Architects Association). He represents the Faculty for the Built Environment on the CCCC (Climate Change Consultative Council) o.b.o. the Government of Malta.