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BGreen Awards 2013: The Winners

More than 300 people attended one of the biggest evenings in the UAE last night for the BGreen Awards 2013.

The glittering ceremony at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai recognised the sustainability achievements of organisations across the country in 12 categories.

Among the guests were government delegations from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Municipality and Emirates Transport.

Addressing the audience at the beginning, DTCM’s Shaikha Ebrahim Al Mutawa who told the audience of her joy over the Expo 2020 win for Dubai, announced the previous evening. “The people are united, not just the emirates but all the nationalities,” she said.

Referring to the Expo bid’s focus on sustainability, she described the BGreen Awards as “a celebration of sustainability and rewarding those companies who have begun the journey – everyone is a winner.”

Introducing the evening BGreen senior editor Gary Wright told the audience: “This evening is about recognising achievements of organisations both large and small and while there can be only one winner in each category. Each of the finalists has my personal congratulations for their sustainability efforts in the past 12 months.”

BGreen Award Winners

(Click on the award to see winner’s reaction)

Most Sustainable Large Corporation,

Winner: Interface.

Runners Up:  Du and Unibeton


Contractor of the Year Award

Winner: Brookfield Multiplex

Runners up: Al Tayer and Arabtec


Green Building Project of the Year

Winner: The Change Intiative building in Barsha.

Runners Up: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority HQ at Al Quoz and Standard Chartered Bank by Brookfield Multiplex in Downtown Burj Khalifa


Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Winner:  Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability LLC

Runners Up: Dubai Municipality (nominated by Philips) and Pacific Controls System


Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year

Winner: Lietcorp Middle East

Runners Up: iGuzzini (lighting architects) and Philips Lighting Middle East


Most Sustainable Non-Government Organisation

Winner: Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF)

Runners Up: The Clean Energy Business Council and Emirates Green Building Council


Sustainable Supplier of the Year

Winner: KONE

Runners Up: BASF and Unibeton


Most Sustainable Government Department

Winner: Emirates Transport

Runners Up: Dubai Electricity Water Authority and Dubai Municipality


Best Waste Management Company

Winner: Bee’ah

Runners Up:  Dulsco and Imdaad

Most Sustainable Small or Medium Business

Winner: Genesis Manazil Steel Framing

Runners Up: The Green Office Company and Union paper mills

Editor’s Choice



Special Award for International Recognition



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BGreen Awards 2013 finalists revealed.

The shortlist for the region’s leading sustainability awards next week have been revealed.

There are 11 categories for the BGreen Awards 2013 which will be held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on Thursday November 28.

There are three finalists in each category.

Most Sustainable Small or Medium Business,
The award aims to recognise the SME, which demonstrated a positive and clear sustainability strategy, especially those that made an early effort to adopt green policies.

Genesis Manazil Steel Framing
The Green Office Company
Union paper mills

Best Waste Management Company
This special award sought to identify high levels of waste management and sustainability while ensuring minimum disruption to the surrounding environment.

Most Sustainable Government Department
This award seeks to recognise a department that makes sustainability a top priority and passes that message to employees and the wider population of the UAE.
DEWA, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Dubai Municipality
Emirates Transport

Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year
This category is for the projects in the region that have the most sustainably designed lighting plans. Taking into consideration energy-efficiency, design and overall quality.
iGuzzini (lighting architects)
Lietcorp Middle East
Philips Lighting Middle East

Green Building Project of the Year
This award will recognise the project which has taken the most steps in ensuring the construction and successful establishment of a green building.
The Change Intiative building in Barsha.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority headquarters at Al Quoz
And the Standard Chartered Bank by Brookfield Multiplex in Downtown Burj Khalifa.

The Sustainable Supplier of the Year
All three of these nominees met the criteria for a supplier, which had committed significant resource to meet the sustainability requirements for its product.

Most Sustainable Non-Government Organisation
This category acknowledges the NGO which has helped increase awareness on environmental issues throughout the region.
The Clean Energy Business Council
Emirates Green Building Council

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
Dubai Municipality (nominated by Philips)
Green Energy Solutions
Pacific Controls System

Contractor of the Year Award
Al Tayer
Brookfield Multiplex

Special Recognition for International Participation
To be announced on the night

Most Sustainable Large Corporation
This award acknowledges a large enterprise which has significantly transformed and adapted new a new business strategy in order to become more sustainable.




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Increasing the sustainability options in the hotel sector

Sustainability is a key themes at this The Hotel Show Dubai 2013, which opened yesterday at the World Trade Centre.

Among the 560 exhibitors there were some new ideas to help hotels across the region reduce their carbon footprint.

Wooden keycards are the latest addition to the range from Prime Source, the Sharjah-based producers of environmentally friendly paper products in Hall 7, stand F192.

Company representative Mohamed Fahad said: “Keycards are used the world over by hotels and the non-environmentally keycards used by many are easily replaced with these sustainable wooden cards.”

They cost slightly more – around 80fils – but the environmental benefits far outweigh it and allow hotels to demonstrate clearly to their customers they are taking sustainability seriously.

On the Union Paper Mills (UPM) stand in Hall 8, stand E233, a hotel food drying machine was creating a lot of interest allowing hotels to reduce their food waste to dry pellets which can be used as fertilizer or even animal feed.

UPM is the oldest and largest recycling company in the UAE providing integrated waste management solutions using their food waste drying machines.

Sales Nagarajan Jayachndran said: “This machine allows hotels themselves to deal with food waste themselves. We have had a lot of interest and food waste is one of hotels biggest concerns.”

UPN were even displaying a smaller version aimed at individual householders.

In Hall 6 on Stand A152 Al Yousuf GreenTech was showing a range of energy saving solutions from a three-wheeled electric delivery scooter, which allows staff to travel around larger complexes, to a range of flexible solar panels, which can in used along with LED lights for outside illumination.

Business development manager Hassan Al Jayouchi said: “Our company offers total integrated lighting solutions including LED lights, movement sensors and time switches to ensure the most economic use of energy.

“We can visit a business and map its whole energy usage, give a price for the installation of lighting systems and show how quickly it will pay for itself and the future savings.”

The Hotel Show 2013 is running a full three-day conference programme and tomorrow (Monday) there will be two panel discussions
set to draw those interested in reducing the green footprint of their establishment.

At 4pm a session titled ‘Waste Control During the Holy Month’ will talk to hoteliers about how they reduced their food waste during Ramadan and Eid and how this impacted on their bottom line, while meeting CSR targets.

The panel is: Dave Reeder, Editor, ProChef (CHAIR), Uwe Micheel, Director of Kitchens, RADISSON BLU, Sascha Triemer, VP Culinary Atlantis, ATLANTIS,  Harald Oberander, Director of Kitchens, DWTC, Michel Jost, Executive Chef, YAS VICEROY, John Cordeaux, Executive Chef, FAIRMONT THE PALM

At 5.15pn that session is followed by a session ‘Making Hospitality More Sustainable’ where speakers include David Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, JA RESORTS & HOTELS, Sandrine Le Biavant, FARNEK (Green Globe Representative ), Christophe’ Fourment, Hotel Manager, TIME GRAND PLAZA HOTEL, Fredrik  Reinisch, GM.

To find out more about The Hotel Show 2013 in Dubai http://www.thehotelshow.com



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