2015 Business & Environment Award
The 2015 edition of the Business & Environment Awards stood out by a willingness to encourage society at large to be active in the fight against climate change. Thus, projects which tackled the fight against climate change were also rewarded, echoing the Climate Conference to be held in late 2015 in Paris (COP21). For each of the 5 categories of the Award, there was a special distinction for ‘Fight against climate change’ and a Grand Prize for the best project entered.
Enterprise & Environment judges awarded prizes to 13 companies at an event organized by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the ADEME. The results were announced at the World Efficiency Trade Fair on October 13th, 2015.
130 candidates participated in the 2015 edition.
The Business & Environment Awards were celebrating their 28th edition, confirming the growing interest shown by companies to preserve the environment, and more broadly for innovation in sustainable development.
Every year, these prizes reward companies whose projects contribute to the reduction in resource consumption, the preservation of the environment and innovation in the eco-industrial sector.
These awards have been extended on a European level, seen in the ‘European Business Awards for Environment’, organized every two years by the European Commission.
In the category of ‘Management and initiatives for sustainable development’, the grand prize was awarded to the Palm Hotel & Spa and the ILOHA Seaview Hotel for having created an efficient environmental management system which aims to protect the environment in Reunion Island. This ambitious initiative, further bolstered by the European Ecolabel for tourist accommodation services, has made these two institutions a reference for the development of eco-responsible tourism.
This category is a fine indicator for businesses moving towards sustainable growth. Today we are witnessing the development of new environmental management systems aimed at improving transparency and corporate governance as well as their performance in reducing the impact on the environment, a real challenge for companies who wish to remain competitive. Management is the backbone of any business organization which seeks to move into sustainability and implement lasting impact across the board.