The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr. Nicos Kouyialis, participated in the celebrations of the Green Public Procurement Awards, held in Cyprus for the 4th consecutive year on Friday, 15th of December, 2017.
The Minister awarded also the EU Ecolabel to new products of two companies in the category “Indoor and Outdoor Paints and Varnishes” and 8 organizations with the certification of the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
Along with these awards, awards were given to the best proposals of Environmental Action «EU Ecolabel through students», that took place for the first time in all primary and secondary schools in the framework of the 25th EU Ecolabel in Europe.
The organization of the environmental action «EU Ecolabel through students», was carried out by the Department of the Environment in collaboration with the Pedagogical Institute.
The award ceremony was attended also by the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Kostas Kadis, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, Mrs. Chrystalla Giorkatzi.
The ceremony was organized by the Department of Environment, in cooperation with the Cyprus Energy Agency.
The amphitheater where the ceremony took place was granted by the Central Bank of Cyprus, which was also the Grand Sponsor of the event. The Green Public Procurement Awards of Cyprus, “CY GPP Awards”, is an initiative that started in 2014 and appears to have a strong response from Contracting Authorities and Contracting Entities (State Authorities – Public Sector), Public Law Organizations and Local Authorities. This year, for the first time, in addition to the Public Law Entities, prizes were also awarded to private sector bodies. The categories which Awards Green Public Procurement– “CY GPP Awards 2017” were awarded are:
General GPP policy/Green Supplies Office IT equipment and household electric appliances Inside Lighting Street lighting (only for public sector) Vehicles Tires Air Conditioners Buildings/Energy Performance of Buildings Renewable Energy Sources Cleaning Products and Services Copying /Graphic Paper Food and Catering Services.
Environmental Action “EU Ecolabel through Students”
The main objective of the Environmental Action “EU Ecolabel through students” was to bring together and familiarize students and teachers with the European Ecolabel, stimulate creativity and develop innovation, familiarize and recognize the logo that is located on products packaging and material of the services that can be awarded with this logo. It was also an opportunity for the participants to get in touch with the procedures for obtaining the logo, and recognition of the advantages of those products and services according to their impacts on the environment and human health. Education teams of Gymnasiums (High Schools) and Lyceums were called upon to make their own promotional film, and the Education Teams of Primary schools were called to set up a poster or informational leaflet.