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Green Business Awards winner to represent UK

Energy company Sindicatum, winner of two prizes at last year's Green Business Awards will represent Britain in Europe's premier environmental awards.

The European Business Awards for the Environment are only open to companies that have already won an accredited green award. One is the Green Business Awards, which is run by Haymarket Business Media, publishers of the ENDS Report. The awards are given by an independent panel of judges.

The UK accreditation body for the European awards is the Royal Society of Arts. The European awards recognise outstanding, new or innovative contributions to sustainable development.

The awards are presented by the European Commission every two years. Some 160 entrants are expected from all EU member states and Turkey. The next assessment stage will take place in Copenhagen in March and the winners will be announced in June.

Sindicatum's awards were for its coalmine methane energy generation projects in China and for its landfill gas energy scheme in Thailand (ENDS Report, November 2011).

Marks & Spencer also won a Green Business Award last year for its first new eco-store. It will compete at the European awards after winning another RSA accredited awards scheme.

The 2012 Green Business Awards are open for entries. The deadline is Friday 8 June.

This year there are 12 awards categories including waste and resources, sponsored by the Waste and Resources Action Programme; climate, supported by The Climate Group; the Aldersgate Group's green technology category; Forum for the Future's sustainability vision award; and green professional of the year, sponsored by the Association of Sustainability Practioners and the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers.

In addition, a green business of the year award will be given to the entry with the best overall environmental, carbon and sustainability innovation, management or performance.

Green Business Awards 2012