British window innovator wins EU green award

A British window manufacturer has won an award from the European Commission for outstanding sustainable practices. CMS Window Systems, a producer of energy-efficient windows, won the ‘European Business Award for […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A British window manufacturer has won an award from the European Commission for outstanding sustainable practices.

CMS Window Systems, a producer of energy-efficient windows, won the ‘European Business Award for the Environment’ after the Commission recognised its contributions to the circular economy – a sustainable model where resources are respected, fully utilised and recycled.

The award was given for the CMS Innovation Hub, a commercial innovation centre and training site for energy efficient products and services.

Located in what was once a condemned, derelict warehouse with the lowest rated efficiency score possible, the facility now boasts the highest rating thanks to “stone wool” insulation, thermally-efficient windows and doors, LED lighting and a heat recovery climate control system.

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, said: “Companies competing for the Business awards for the Environment represent the true agents of change in Europe’s transition towards a circular economy. They show that innovation, economic viability and environmental protection can go together. Green solutions can be incorporated into the business model of a company of any size, at any stage, in any sector or country.”

In total, 148 companies from 21 European countries competed for the award, which was whittled down to six winners.