This Award is for the successful application of an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods.
A new production solution may involve entirely new processes or techniques, or the innovative application of existing ones. In either case, the solution adopted should make a positive contribution to the environment while also contributing to the economic and social aspects of sustainable development.
The new process is expected to increase resource efficiency and reduce life-cycle environmental impacts by using materials and energy in a more efficient way, by minimising the use of hazardous substances or by reducing emissions and waste.
Award criteria for judging
- Innovation: The process introduced must include specific innovative elements that enable more eco-efficient production (e.g. by increasing resource efficiency, or reducing waste and emissions).
- Environmental benefit: The environmental benefits of the new process must be clear and quantified in terms of: energy, water and material consumption, waste, air emissions, and CO2 and land use reduction.
- Social benefit: Adoption of the new process must have either neutral or positive social impacts (e.g. employment opportunities, working conditions, or effects on local communities).
- Economic benefit: Proof must be given that the new process is economically viable (e.g. with reference to capital and operating costs).
- Commitment: Senior management must be clearly committed to adopting the new process, and must show its importance in the context of the organisation’s overall operations.
- Replication potential: There must be clear potential for wider adoption of the innovative process, and a willingness to share this knowledge and expertise with other organisations.