Celebration of the European and national winners
After an introduction and a speech on “Helping enterprises doing more with less energy”, by Adrian PERES, Head of Sector – Industry, Products and Consumers, at the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, the 10 national winners of the Climate Cup were celebrated. The awards were handed out by Michael Steurer, Energy & Environment Policy advisor of Eurochambres, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry and by the French Jury member Michèle Rivasi.
The Climate Cup winners are:
First European position: kaneo green IT, Lüneburg, Germany
Second European position: Denkstatt Bulgaria, Sofia Bulgaria
Third European position: Uponor, Riga, Latvia
National winners according to their alphabetical order:
- Austria: Windkraft Simonsfeld
- Denmark: Sonderborg Forsyning
- France: une autre ville
- Ireland: J.F. Walsh Packing
- Italy: Gabbantiquità Restauri
- Malta: On site Malta
- Spain: Òmnium Cultural
National winners were asked about their ways to engage employees and on the most successful energy measures implemented. The success stories of winners are compiled in the EECC Champions booklet which can be downloaded.
All participants agreed that the “human factor” is important and that it is challenging to convince employees or even the Board to change habits.
Most of the companies improved their lighting – a measure which usually pays off after a few years, but also checking the correct dimensioning of IT devices and avoiding stand-by losses as well as the maintenance and optimization of the heating and cooling systems were good means to achieve important savings.
The European awards were delivered by Peter Czaga of European Commission, DG Environment, Eco-Innovation and Circular Econom. Before, Peter Czaga held a speech on "Enabling SMEs to turn environmental challenges into business opportunities".
After the ceremony participants had the possibility to discuss energy efficiency and other business issues informally and get in touch with the energy and evironmental experts of the European Commission.
The ceremony was guided and moderated by Catrin Maby, life fellow of CoRE, Center of Refurbishment Excellence, and organised with the local assistance in Brussels of Fedarene.