Finland – The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has announced the winners of its European Responsible Care Awards at a special ceremony at its annual general assembly in Madrid.
Chosen by a panel of independent judges, two companies and one trade association took home the prizes. Among them Finnish company Akkuser of Finland, who won a small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) category for its energy-efficient battery recycling business.
According to Cefic, Akkuser’s high-tech battery and accumulator recycling business helps recover resources and protect the environment. The Finnish company’s patented Dry Technology Akkuser technology extracts from mobile electronic devices metals such as nickel, cobalt and iron as well as compound materials, which are then further processed by its customers. The method raises metals recovery rate above 90% and reduces energy use compared with conventional techniques. The 10-employee company was praised by the panel for its technological approach as well as for turning an environmental need into a business case.
Cefic President Giorgio Squinzi, presenting the awards during a ceremony, said: ‘This year’s competition was again exceptional for the large number of high quality entries. More than 40 entries were received this year from 12 countries. It was the second year in a row that awards were given to organisations representing France and Germany.’