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EBAE Applicants Online Presentation

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For UK applicants submitting entries for the European Business Awards for the Environment 2016

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EBAE Applicants Online Presentation

  1. 1. Entering the European Business Awards for the Environment Eligible UK Awards Briefing 2016
  2. 2. Why the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE)? The Awards are a high profile event and participation in the EBAE can benefit companies, through: • Demonstrating commitment to improving environmental performance • Enhancing company image and promoting achievements • Exposure in the market place nationally and internationally • Recognition in Europe as an environmental champion for the UK • Exploiting the competitive advantage associated with greener products, services and activities
  3. 3. RSA Accredited Awards are European Feeder Schemes • The Forum is tasked with selecting the UK entrants for EBAE from winners of accredited award schemes, meaning that the companies that get through are the cream of the crop in terms of UK environmental innovation. • Winning an RSA Accredited scheme is the only way that UK companies can enter the EBAE. • The UK is an exemplar throughout Europe due to its success at the EBAE (it has won 10 consecutive rounds with a double award win in 2012).
  4. 4. Why RSA Environment Awards Forum? • Formed because awards are important and they are undermined if they are perceived as weak, illogical, lacking in transparency or similarly devalued by a critical public. • Proliferation of UK Environment Awards • Encourage good practice and high standards • Promote the creation of new awards. • http://www.rsaaccreditation.org/
  5. 5. Accredited Awards • Biffawards • Edie Awards • The Footprint Awards • Green Apple Awards • Green Business Awards • Guardian Sustainable Business Awards • International Green Awards • Living Wetlands Awards • Low CVP’s Low Carbon Champions Awards • Northwest Business Environment Awards • Rushlight Awards • Sustainable City Awards • Vibes Awards
  6. 6. UK Success in Europe2014 Management The Bay Finalist Product Vegware Finalist 2012 Product Aquamarine Power: Oyster Wave Energy Winner Management. Marks and Spencer : Plan A Winner Business and Biodiversity Cafédirect: Adaptations for Smallholders to Climate Change Finalist 2010 Management The Findus Group : Fish for Life: Supporting Sustainable Fisheries Winner 2008 Management The Co-operative Group : Approach to Sustainable Development Winner 2006 Product Award Windsave Ltd : Plug’n’Save wind turbine Winner 2004 Process Award RUGBY LTD : Cement making Winner 2002 Management Award B&Q, United Kingdom : B&Q and social responsibility Winner 2000 International Co-operation Award ENTEC UK Ltd : Support for Environmental Winner 1998 Management The NatWest Group : An environmentally friendly management programme Winner Recovery of Waste Jesse Brough Metals Group : Recycling of aluminium furnace waste Winner 1996 Recovery of Waste Rank Xerox : A remanufacturing strategy for end-of-life photocopiers Winner 1994 Eco-Product Pilkington Glass : Pilkington 'K' Glass - an energy saving glass Winner Environment Technology Transfer Wade Furniture Ltd : Promoting the reality of sustainable tropical timbers Highly Recommended 1992 1990 1989 Good Environmental Management Baxi Partnership : Reducing the impact of a new iron foundry Winner Good Environmental Management British Gas : Reduction of environmental effects of an offshore gas station. Highly Commended Appropriate Technology RJ Armstrong Evans : Low cost robust hydro-electric equipment Winner . 1988 Pollution Abatement Technology Farm Gas Limited, University of Ulster and Bethlehem Abbey: Anaerobic digester Highly Commended Good Environmental Management Anglian Water: Conservation initiatives within the water industry Highly Commended .
  7. 7. UK Success in Europe “This is fantastic recognition for Fish for Life which places it amongst the very best environmental initiatives in Europe. Being declared a winner underlines the point that Fish for Life is a committed and multifaceted programme intended to support genuine improvement in fish sustainability.” Chris Britton, CEO of the Findus Group “Marine energy has a massive role to play in helping Europe meets its challenging carbon reduction targets. This award is a great honour for Aquamarine Power and we would like to thank the European Commission, the Commissioner for the Environment and the judging panel for this recognition.” Martin McAdam, Chief Executive Officer of Aquamarine Power “Since being named the winner of the Management category in the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE), Marks and Spencer’s Plan A has continued to move from strength to strength. Recognition at this level gives credit to our M&S customers, partners, suppliers and employees for their support and demonstrates to them and our peers that Plan A is the right thing to do. The EBAE has presented us with the opportunity to push the business case for social and environmental responsibility, develop new alliances and learn from others. M&S has a vision of operating as a sustainable international multi-channel retail business and an award win at this scale provides the encouragement that will help us get there.” Adam Elman, Global Head of Plan A Delivery, Marks and Spencer
  8. 8. A Juror’s views on an entry to EBAE – John Bowman • These awards are primarily for innovation. Make sure your entry really is a first in its field. The European Jury will check this using web search engines. Why not do the same before you enter? • The awards’ criteria for judging are quite clear and the jury observe them closely. Make sure that your entry addresses each of the criteria directly and succinctly. Extensive waffle and repetition does not go well with the jury. • The 100 word summary of your entry is vitally important. The jury may have 40 or 50 entries to read and assess. Therefore the jury will be impressed by a clear and exciting synopsis. Make sure the summary encourages a juror to read on. Click on speaker to hear John’s perspective
  9. 9. Continued… • Succinct quantification of data in table, graphs and histograms is far more effective than extensive qualitative description. • Make sure your entry is self contained. Extensive reference to and inclusion of annexes is not helpful to a juror. An entry is about information transfer and a juror needs to be able to absorb the main elements of the entrant’s activity easily, but at the same time to be impressed by professionalism and progress achieved and to be achieved. • These awards are for business and the commercial benefit of the entry needs to be clearly shown. Activities that are still in prototype stages, or may have limited and niche market appeal, are not favoured. If an entry has broad application across many business fields make sure this is highlighted.
  10. 10. EBAE 2016 Categories • Category 1: Management This Award is for a successful organisation or group of organisations with the strategic vision and management scheme that enable it to continuously improve its environmental performance. There are two subcategories: – micro (<10) and small (<50) business category – medium (<250) and large (>250) business category. • Category 2: Products and Services Award This Award is for the successful placing on the market of a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. • Category 3: Process Award This Award is for the successful application of an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods. The new process is expected to increase resource efficiency and reduce life-cycle environmental impacts by using materials and energy in a more efficient way, by minimising the use of hazardous substances, or by reducing emissions. • Category 4: International Business Cooperation This Award is for an international business cooperation involving at least one private entity from the European Union, and another from the private, public, non-governmental or academic sector in a developing or emerging country. • Special mention: Business and Biodiversity Award The special mention is for a successful business model, management scheme, product or service or international cooperation, which makes a significant contribution to the halting of biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems. * The winner of the Business and Biodiversity award will be selected from companies entering one of the four main categories.
  11. 11. Selection Objectives • Maximum of 12 Entries per member state • Maximum of 4 Entries per category • UK requirement: at least 1 SME per category Definition of SME (EC Recommendation 1422(2003)):  Employs fewer than 250 people  Turnover less than 50 M €  Net Balance Sheet Assets less than 43 M €  Less than 25% owned by a larger company (or more than one company) which does not itself qualify as an SME Click to hear RSA Environment Awards Secretariat’s Dr Malcolm Atkin overview
  12. 12. MANAGEMENT CRITERIA • Strategic integration: Environmental , economic, social and ethical aspects of sustainability must be fully integrated into mainstream business management with clear objectives and targets for improving and reporting performance. • Performance improvement: There must be continuous improvement in performance against the organisation’s stated environmental and social objectives, as demonstrated by regular monitoring and reporting. • Transparency: organisations should report and provide publicly available information on their environmental performance. This information should be available externally in the form of an environmental report and internally through the active involvement of employees. • Credibility: Credibility and reliability of the environmental management scheme must be assured by external and independent environmental verifiers under the control of an EU Member State. • Accountability: There must be regular and systematic dialogue with stakeholders with feedback of the results into management decision-making. • Employee involvement: Employees must be closely involved in all aspects of environmental management, and should actively contribute to the implementation of the environmental improvements. • Replication potential: There must be clear potential for good practice and innovation to be shared with other organisations (e.g. through involvement in business networks, dissemination at conferences).
  13. 13. PRODUCT AND SERVICES CRITERIA • Innovation: Substantial innovation in the product or service must bring improvements in environmental performance over comparable alternatives, whilst at least maintaining functional performance. • Environmental benefit: Clear and quantified analysis must demonstrate increased resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact over the complete life-cycle of the product or service (e.g. through Life Cycle Analysis LCA). • Social benefit: The product or service must meet the needs of consumers and bring wider social benefits (e.g. by providing decent working conditions, safeguarding consumer health, improving quality of life, etc.). • Economic benefit: Proof must be given that the new product or service is economically viable (e.g. through sales performance data or credible sales projections). • Commitment: Senior management must be clearly committed to the development and marketing of the product or service, and must show its importance with regard to the organisation’s overall strategy. • Replication potential: There must be clear potential for wider adoption of the innovative aspects of the product or service, and a willingness to share this knowledge and expertise with other organisations.
  14. 14. PROCESS CRITERIA • Innovation: The process introduced must include specific innovative elements that enable more eco- efficient production (e.g. by increasing resource efficiency, or reducing waste and emissions). • Environmental benefit: The environmental benefits of the new process must be clear and quantified (e.g. through use of eco-efficiency or resource efficiency indicators). • Social benefit: Adoption of the new process must have either neutral or positive social impacts (e.g. employment opportunities, working conditions, or effects on local communities). • Economic benefit: Proof must be given that the new process is economically viable (e.g. with reference to capital and operating costs). • Commitment: Senior management must be clearly committed to adopting the new process, and must show its importance in the context of the organisation’s overall operations. • Replication potential: There must be clear potential for wider adoption of the innovative process, and a willingness to share this knowledge and expertise with other organisations.
  15. 15. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COOPERATION CRITERIA • Sustainable development: The cooperation must be guided by a business relationship and a clear statement of shared objectives demonstrating how it expects to contribute to the economic, social and environmental progress in a developing or emerging country. • Planning and resource allocation: The cooperation must be thoroughly planned and must be allocated sufficient human and financial resources to enable it to work effectively towards its objectives. • Equity: The benefits must be evenly distributed among those involved, and the cooperation must be managed in a way that is fair and transparent to all partners. • Synergy: The business cooperation must result in efforts and cost avoidance. • Replication potential: There must be potential for applying the innovative cooperation to other situations and partners.
  16. 16. BUSINESS AND BIODIVERSITY CRITERIA • Is the ecosystem/habitat/species important? (E.g. is the action in a Natura 2000 area, or one covered by the Habitat or the Birds Directive? Is it threatened? Is it indigenous?) • How extensive is the impact? (E.g. what is the geographical area covered? What land types are affected? What other types of land use can be found in the region? Are there negative side effects?) • Does the action contribute to the protection and improvement of biodiversity in a broader context? (E.g. is it a constituent of an ecological corridor? Does the action involve others in the company or beyond? Does it develop and/or use green infrastructure and/or ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation? Does it create benefits for species, water, soil, land-use, resource-use (see "Environmental benefit" section on p.21 for examples) • How sustainable is the protection of biodiversity? (e.g. Are staff appropriately trained? Is financing in place to sustain the action? Is the awareness of other actors raised?)
  17. 17. Scoring Criteria Score 10 (high) Far exceeds the requirement in all respects 9 Exceeds the requirement in all respects 8 Exceeds the requirement in some respects 7 Meets the requirement in all respects 6 Meets the requirement in most respects 5 Meets the requirement in some respects 4 Does not meet the requirement in any respect 3 Falls well below the requirement in some respects 2 Falls well below the requirement in most respects 1 (low) Falls well below the requirement in all respects
  18. 18. Timeline – Stage one UK assessment process • Monday 8 February: Deadline for eligible awards for submit applications to RSA • Monday 15 February: All nominations sent to RSA assessors • Monday 7 March: All RSA assessment complete • Friday 25 March: UK nominations registered with EBAE
  19. 19. Timeline – Stage two EBAE assessment process • 25 April: Closing date for submission of entries by member states • 26 April:20 May: National Contacts review and validate entries • 20 May: Registration platform closes • June: Allocation of entries to jury members • July - August: Evaluation of entries by jury • Mid September: Jury meeting • 27/28 October (date tbc): Steering Group meeting and EBAE Awards ceremony at Eco-Innovation Forum, Tallinn, Estonia
  20. 20. Further information If you need further advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Secretariat members below: - Kim Barton kim.barton@imsplc.com - Vittoria Caselgrandi vittoria.caselgrandi@imsplc.com - Both contactable on: 0117 325 0612

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