Iberdrola, Osakidetza Comarca Bilbao, Udapa, Yor, Sener and Colegio Calasancio are the winners of the 2011-2012 "European Business Awards for the Environment" in the Basque Country. The awards were announced by Pilar Unzalu, the Basque Government's Minister for the Environment, during a ceremony held at Bilbao's Campos Elíseos Theatre that was attended by over one hundred companies.
Apart from the winning organisations, which received the award
sculpture, Ramondin Cápsulas,
Laboratorio de Bioteconología, Shutonand Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos
CLH, were the runners-up and their prizes were awarded by the
Basque Deputy Minister for the Environment, Arantza Leturiondo.
In the words of the Basque Government’s Minister for the Environment,
Pilar Unzalu, “these companies haveshown that the environment does not
hinder the growth of our economy. Quite to the
contrary, it is a magnificent opportunity to create wealth, increase business
competitiveness, generate first-rate jobs and increase social well-being".
The jury gave particular importance to entries that helped to achieve
the goals of the Eco-Efficiency
In the Basque Company Programme 2010-2014, in which over 300 Basque
organisations are taking part and which seeks to enhance the competitiveness of
the Basque business fabric by means of integrating the environmental variable
in its management.
“The green sector is among those that currently offer more business
opportunities, more employment and a greater contribution to the economy with
annual growth of 6% worldwide”, stressed Unzalu.
There were a total of 27 entries from Basque companies this year. They
will all compete again, along with the entries from the rest of Spain, in the
Spanish section of these awards. Finally, the winners from each member country
of the European Union will then be entered for the international category of
the European Award, whose winners will be announced next year.
Business Awards for the Environment were launched in 1987 by the
European Commission Environment Directorate-General to mark the World
Environment Year. They are designed to recognise business excellence in this
field and reward innovative companies, whose operations exceed the
environmental legislation and requirements, which mean that they set an example
in environmental practices. These are the highest awards in the field of
business sustainable development.
Dec 30, 2011.