Switzerland’s most influential environmental prize is thus awarded to innovative companies which combine economic success with ecological impact.
A unique selection process involving national business federations and environmental organisations ensures that the most convincing solutions are identified each year. An interdisciplinary body of experts selects the five best projects from the 40 which have been nominated. These companies then present their ideas to a high-profile jury. Under the leadership of former Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, the jury then selects three finalists to make presentations at the CE² Day event before deciding on the winner.
The award is given in partnership with the Swiss Environmental Foundation and the “Go for Impact” association, which functions as an umbrella for the BAFU (Federal Department of the Environment), economiesuisse, öbu, Swissmem and WWF Schweiz, among others.
Economic success and sustainable principles are not contradictions, as impressively proved by the nominees for the “Green Business Award”. These pioneering companies are all passionate about shaping tomorrow’s entrepreneurial world and are not only successful in their segments but also raising the profile of ecological solutions.
An overview of Switzerland’s most innovative entrepreneurial sustainability solutions is available at the website.
Designwerk Products AG is the winner of this year’s Green Business Award with its Futuricum electric truck.
The Futuricum e-trucks from Designwerk Products AG are used in recycling, construction, distribution, forestry and agricultural logistics. The vehicles, which are optimised for lower payloads, do not cause any local emissions during operation. In addition, the vehicle batteries can be reused as stationary storage or recycled.
Last year’s winner is a pioneer in the urban mining segment and thus acts as a lighthouse for the construction industry. The family-run business recognised the enormous significance and potential of the sustainable economy as early as 1983 and has invested heavily in the segment ever since. Today the Eberhard Building Materials Recycling Centre handles up to 450 000 tonnes of mineral building rubble per year, processing it for use in new buildings – without any loss in quality. The new Europaallee road in Zurich is a prime example of this, being constructed from 99 percent top-quality recycled building materials.
Eberhard Bau AG has developed a response to the large quantities of building rubble: Since one and a half decades, the company, based in Kloten ZH, has been one of the pioneers in the reuse of such building materials.
The «Green Business Award» highlights one of the key economic and social issues of our times. Sustainability is a hot topic and will become even more important in the coming years and decades – also in Switzerland. Swiss Post is participating as a presenting partner, taking on the role of industry trail blazer to honour sustainable entrepreneurship in Switzerland.