The EUIPO has once again been recognised for its innovative environmental practices by the Green Apple Environment Awards.
The Office won Gold in the ‘Legal/Climate Change’ category for its overall achievements and efforts to reduce the Office’s energy, paper and carbon consumption within the EUIPO’s environmental project – Reduction of EUIPO’s environmental impact.
In 2019 and compared with 2015, the Office reduced its consumption (per on-site worker) of paper by 73%, toner by 79%, water by 38%, electricity by 32% and gas by 74%. Waste generation dropped by 65% while greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 33%. Meanwhile, 30% of the EUIPO’s energy demand is now produced on-site from renewable sources and heating-related fossil fuel consumption was reduced to zero.
The Green Organisation was established in 1994 as ‘an international, independent, non-profit, non-political, non-activist environment group, dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.’ The Awards scheme was set up in 1994 to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practices worldwide.