European Environment Awards Bring Fresh Air

European Environment Awards Bring Fresh Air


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Amid all the din and bustle of environmental non-adherence (see story on page 6 inside: Name, Shame and Fame) there are some silver linings along the horizon of the dark clouds of pollution. A wood research institute based in Braunschweig, Germany was aqwarded one of the top European Award for the Environment for developing a way to recycle wood and fiber waste left from the harvesting of palm oil. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research received the award for international cooperation for the process, which the 13-member jury said would be especially helpful to development in Malaysia. Margot Wallstrom, the European Commissioner for the Environment, said: “Sustainable development and environment protection create opportunity for business. Environmental protection can also have a positive impact on a company’s image and sales.” She added that there were “very few hiding places in today’s information society”. Other awards went to the British oil mammoth BP, the Spanish agricultural cooperative “Caoto”, Austria’s “Integral Environmental and Facility Technology”, the Luxembourg Bofferding brewery and the Dutch insurance firm “Achme”. (683)

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