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Estonian companies among the most environmentally-friendly European companies
Keskkonnasõbralik Ettevõte 2013 üldvõtja OÜ Werrowool
The jury of the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) gathered last week, in order to select three to four most successful companies in each category from among more than 150 candidates. Estonian companies Werrowool and AusDesign were selected to enter the final shortlist. Winners will be announced on 1 December.
Every year, the Ministry of the Environment organises a competition to select the most environmentally-friendly Estonian companies. The jury of this competition selects also the best companies to participate in the equivalent European competition - the EBAE. The jury of the EBAE gathered last week and selected three to four most successful companies in each category from among more than 150 applicants. Two Estonian companies were shortlisted: in the category of environmental management, OÜ Werrowool, a company producing cellulose fibre wool, and in the category of international cooperation, OÜ AusDesign, a company producing new design garments of textile waste. The winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment will be announced on 1 December at a ceremony taking place in Lyon, France.
At the EBAE Jury, Estonia was represented by Ado Lõhmus, the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of the Environment. „In comparison with previous years, quality of applications has increased and it made the Jury’s work a lot harder”, said Mr Lõhmus. For example, in product and service group, three best projects were selected with almost equal scores. „I am happy to admit that the renovation of the competition of the most environmentally-friendly Estonian companies has turned out to be fruitful – excellent projects of two Estonian companies were selected in the final shortlist among top three, “ added Lõhmus. Estonia’s success was also recognized by the Jury members from other countries.
Estonian company AusDesign produces new design garments using textile waste from surplus production of Bangladesh, thus reducing environmental effect of large scale production. Each garment, which is made using the aforementioned method, helps to save 91 percent of water and 86 percent of energy, in comparison with similar product made from new material. Amount of processing waste is reduced by half. AusDesign is also the winner of the competition of the most environmentally-friendly Estonian company in the category of environmentally-friendly product or service. T-shirts for the participants of the 2014 Estonian Song and Dance Celebration were also made by AusDesign.
Werrowool produces environmentally-friendly and healthy and innovative heating material from Estonian paper waste. The company excels at smart environmental management that is evidenced by the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certificate. In product creation, the main focus was put on environmental sustainability of the whole production cycle, starting from collection of raw material (paper waste) to handling of products in the end of life cycle. In addition to bringing to market a product with less environmental impact, the company wanted to raise the awareness of consumers and whole society about the need for environmentally-friendly and healthy insulation. It takes 30 times less energy to produce cellulose fibre wool than producing mineral or glass wool. The company uses the best possible production technology. Werrowool was the overall winner of the competition of the most environmentally-friendly Estonian company and gained an opportunity to make, with the support of the Environmental Investment Centre, an investment up to 35 thousand euros for the purpose of increasing environmentally-friendly activities.
Since November, it will be possible to submit candidates to the Ministry of the Environment for the recognition of environmentally-friendly companies and activities in 2014. This competition is open for bright-minded people, exemplary companies and organisations that care about the surrounding environment and make sure that the others will behave the same way.