Awards have been given out to 25 companies across 14 countries in Europe as part of the GreenlLight, Greenbuilding and Motor Challenge initiatives.
Organized by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s scientific and technological support department, the awards encourage businesses to employ green technologies to reduce energy consumption in private and public building spaces.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize was recognized in the GreenLight category for cutting its annual lighting bill across 130 stores by over 20,000 Megawatt hours (MWh) – a reduction of 60%.
The GreenBuilding program saw German hydraulics supplier Alfred Arnold Verladesysteme decrease its office and workshop energy consumption by over 78%. In Sweden, an office block owned by leading real estate group Vasakronan reduced its energy bill by 60%, consuming 40% less than the imposed limit.
The biggest energy reduction in the Motor Challenge category was from Italy’s SATA Fiat group, who cut consumption by almost 15,000 MWh.
Electricity Saved: 837,000 MWh
Across the three categories, some 837,000 MWh of electricity is saved per year. These awards are one of many EU initiatives that aim to have renewable energy making up 20% of Europe’s total energy consumption by 2020.
Making buildings energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to cut electricity usage. Insulation in walls, windows and foundations, and compact building design can reduce heat loss by as much as 50%. The key to success of green building has been encouraging building stakeholders to work together with design professionals from the outset of new projects.
The EU has also made it easier to reduce energy consumption on a consumer level, with its Energy Label efficiency ratings on products such as light globes, cars and electrical appliances.
Winners in the GreenLight, GreenBuilding and Motor Challenge EU Awards:
- Delhaize (Belgium)
- City of Zaprešic (Croatia)
- Unibail-Rodamco (Spain)
- Vasakronan (Sweden)
- MSF-TUR.IM SGPS S.A.(Portugal)
- C&SO Medical Properties LTD (USA)
- Konigstein im Taunus (Germany)
- KF Fastigheter (Sweden)
- Siemens Transmission et Distribution (France)
- SATA, FIAT group (Italy)