IBEC announces environment award winners

IBEC have announced the Irish winners of the 2009/10 European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Irish winners are:

Abbott Ireland for best environmental management;

JFC Manufacturing in Galway for best environmental product;

Lagan Cement in Westmeath for environmental excellence.

Neil Walker, IBEC head of environment policy, said: "These awards showcase the best of Irish innovation in environmental management and practice. The number and quality of Irish entries this year reflects the increasing importance of environmental issues for businesses of all types and sizes."

Abbott Ireland received the environmental management award for introducing a green plan that improved the environmental efficiency and sustainability of its business activities and products.

JFC Manufacturing in Galway won the product award for converting bottles into a raw material for manufacturing pipes, which are then used as part of a storm water attenuation system that minimises flooding.

Lagan Cement received the environmental excellence award for significantly reducing their carbon footprint by substituting a portion of its non-renewable fossil fuel with green energy derived from solid recovered fuel (SRF).

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