The European Commission has revealed 17 businesses from 10 countries that are in the running for a green award.
Two UK SMEs – The Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven and compostable food packaging firm Vegware – are among the finalists for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE), which are presented every two years.
The scheme consists of five awards – rewarding businesses for management practices, eco-friendly products and services, sustainable processes, international business co-operation and activities which protect biodiversity.
The awards are given to companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance, the Commission said.
European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: “The companies shortlisted for the European Business Awards for the Environment have a proven track record in combining business success and respect for the environment. They showcase real world experience of the fruits of eco-innovation.”
The finalists were selected from 152 applications following a two-day jury meeting in Rome, Italy.