The innovative cooling system of OCI Nitrogen is nominated for the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) for the category 'sustainable process'. The European Business Awards for the Environment are awarded to eco-innovation companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance.
The finalists were selected from 152 submissions, originating from 22 European Member States and candidate countries. The applicants represent the increasing environmental commitment of European businesses and their willingness to adopt eco-innovative practices, despite the current economic climate. 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."
Innovative cooling system
OCI Nitrogen is nominated together with Daimler AG (Germany) and Paul Wurth (Luxembourg) in the category 'sustainable process' with 49 entries. COOL! means the development of an innovative indirect water cooling system which is unique in this industry.
After installation, the particle emission has been reduced from 174 tonnes a year to zero. Moreover, energy consumption in this cooling section has been reduced by 75% and production has increased by 20%.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony in Lyon on 1st December 2014 at the Pollutec exhibition of environmental technologies in Lyon. The high-level jury, chaired by Professor Marco Frey, is composed of 24 experts from European and national authorities, academia, businesses and the green technology sector.