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Friday 02 Nov 2007

UNEP/GRID-Arendal selected as one of three finalists for Glassbjørnen Prize for the category eco-efficient procurement and practice

GRID-Arendal has been announced as one of three finalists in the 2007 national environment award, Glassbjørnen Prize for the category eco-efficient procurement and practice. The prize, awarded by the Norwegian Foundation for Sustainable Consumption and Production (GRIP), is given in recognition of the most eco-efficient procurement policy practised by a Norwegian organization.

GRID-Arendal has been announced as one of three finalists in the 2007 national environment award, Glassbjørnen Prize for the category eco-efficient procurement and practice.   

The prize, awarded by the Norwegian Foundation for Sustainable Consumption and Production (GRIP), is given in recognition of the most eco-efficient procurement policy practised by a Norwegian organization. 

The purpose of the prize is to demonstrate how “green” purchases can lead to substantial environmental and economic benefits. 

The award is designed to encourage public and private enterprises to consider the environment when making purchases of supplies and materials.  Addressing environmental sustainability issues through a proactive procurement policy can deliver greater and longer-lasting impact with cost-effective benefits.

Buyers can use their purchasing power to influence suppliers and create a more sustainable market for eco-friendly products.  Production supply chains will also benefit from more environmentally-conscious practices and processes. Consequently, consumption patterns in the use of water and energy may also reflect less waste and more consideration for environmental protection and management.  

At the same time, innovations in technology may be given a boost by the eco-friendly impetus of market supply and demand.

“We are very happy to be selected as a finalist for the Glassbjørnen Prize,” says Dr Peter Prokosch, Managing Director of GRID-Arendal.  “We have tried to implement environmentally-friendly measures in the design and construction of our office building at the GRID House in Arendal.  The concept of environmental care and responsibility permeates our organization as we, in our support of UNEP’s work plan, are actively engaged in promoting the dissemination of environmental knowledge for change.”

The two other finalists for the prize are the Municipality of Bergen and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

The prize will be awarded during GRIP’s national environment conference, "Forum 2007," to be held at the Oslo Kongressenter on 6 November 2007.

Established as a Norwegian foundation in 1995 by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, GRIP focuses on the promotion and support of sustainable production and consumption patterns through a consulting and advisory service model.  GRIP also organizes workshops and training programmes to promote environmental-friendly practices in the tourism and procurement sectors, as well as transportation and other related areas.

Links to:

GRID-Arendal: www.grida.no
GRIP: www.grip.no/Default.htm
Glassbjørnen Prize: http://www.grip.no/glassbjornen/default.htm

For more information, please contact:

Janet Fernandez Skaalvik
Acting Head of Communications
GRID-Arendal
Phone: 414-99-472

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