The Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) have announced the winner of the German IKU Innovation Award for Climate and Environment. It distinguishes exceptional environmental innovations by German companies and research institutes. At the prize-giving ceremony at the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Berlin, creapaper GmbH was honoured with the IKU Innovation Award for Climate and Environment 2017 in the category ‘Product Innovations for Climate Protection’.
creapaper impressed the high-calibre jury, who had the task of selecting the winners from 133 candidates in five categories. State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth and Deputy Director General of the BDI Holger Lösch handed over the prize.
‘We are proud and grateful to receive this distinction. It motivates us to further disseminate the use of grass as a new raw material in the paper industry, thus making a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in paper production!’ states Uwe D’Agnone, managing director of creapaper.
Around a dozen paper mills in Germany, the Netherlands and Italy now use the grass fibre raw material GRASPAP® for the development of their own formulas for paper and cardboard with a grass fibre content of up to 50%.
Some companies, above all in the food industry, have already converted all of their packaging to grass-based solutions, including REWE, EDEKA and Penny.