The eChiller, a refrigeration system developed by the German company Efficient Energy GmbH with water as a refrigerant and minimal global warming impact, wins the EBAE-Award for Products and Services. The European Business Award for the Environment (EBAE) celebrates companies with outstanding contributions to a more sustainable Europe. The winners were announced during the EBAE Award Ceremony on 14th November 2018 in Vienna (Austria).
The magnificent Vienna’s Palais Niederösterreich offered a festive setting for the EBAE Awards Ceremony, which hosted among many guests the 22 finalists from nine different countries, who were eagerly waiting for the winners to be announced.
The EBAE-award is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment whose director, Gilles Gantelet made the following statement while presenting the awards “All the finalists of this year’s award have taken major steps to bring us closer to a pollution-free, low-carbon and circular economy, and we are here to celebrate their achievements. These enterprises prove that eco-innovation isn’t just about protecting our planet – it’s also an excellent business decision, playing a key role in European competitiveness.”
The winners were recognised in six different categories: micro and small companies management, medium and large companies management, product and services, business process, developing country cooperation and business and biodiversity. The competition was fierce in the product and services category. This category recognises companies that succeed in placing on the market a new product or service that promotes more sustainable patterns of production and consumption or contributes to a sustainable circular economy. Three other companies were shortlisted for the award with highly innovative products:AFULudine (France), Water & Soil (Hungary) und Plastic Repair System 2011 S.L. (Spain), but Efficient Energy’s eChiller won the coveted award.
The eChiller is a refrigeration system developed, manufactured and distributed by the German company Efficient Energy which is located in Feldkirchen close to Munich. The eChiller is a water chiller unit which is unique because of the use of pure water as its refrigerant combined with outstanding energy efficiency and thus resulting in a minimal global warming impact. To control emissions from fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are widely used in the HVAC&R-industry, the European Union has adopted the F-gas Regulation which covers all key applications in which F-gases are used. Substituting harmful F-gases with pure tap water as the refrigerant, which has zero global warming impact and zero ozone depletion potential, the eChiller thus strongly supports the EU’s climate action. The eChiller is perfectly suited for the cooling of industrial processes, data centres and server rooms, switching cabinets and buildings.
Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Süß, CEO Efficient Energy GmbH was receiving the prize during the EBAE Awards Ceremony in Vienna and stated that he was “proud that the eChiller was presented and recognised at a European level. The environmental thought is firmly anchored in our company but also the economical aspect is an important one and therefore this acknowledgement from the European Commission confirms once more our market potential and competitiveness.”
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The European Business Awards for the Environment, an initiative of the Comission’s Directorate-General for the Environment, recognizes businesses that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance. The awards are held every two years and were awarded in the 10th cycle this year. To be eligible for the awards, companies have to succeed first at a national level. The 2018-2019 EBAE-competition saw 161 applications received from 19 European countries. More information on the winners, the selection process and the EBAE-awards in general can be found at: ec.europa.eu/environment/awards
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