BEACON Scoops RegioStars Award 2014 Sustainable Growth: Green Growth & Jobs through Bio-Economy
BEACON has scooped the prestigious European Commission’s (EC) top award for innovative regional development at the Regio Stars Awards 2014. BEACON won the ‘Sustainable Growth’ category, beating competitors from across the European Union.
BEACON received its award at the ceremony held at Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels on March 31st 2014. The Regio Stars Awards are held as part of the EC’s “Regions for Economic Change” initiative, which aims to highlight good practice in urban and regional development. Over 80 nominations were received for the 2013/14 session, from funding regions throughout the EU member states.
Led by Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in partnership with Bangor and Swansea University, BEACON was one of 4 projects to be shortlisted in the “Sustainable Growth: Green growth and jobs through Bioeconomy” category.
BEACON was recognised for its contributions to sustainable growth in West Wales and the Valleys through their research partnerships dedicated to developing industrial products from plants to reduce reliance on fossil based resources such as coal and gas.Beating off competition from projects across the EU including, Ecoponto em casa from Portugal, ORGANEXT from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and ARBOR which has partners from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium.
BEACON has worked with over 180 SME’s to date including 20 research and development (R&D) collaborations, resulting in 36 new jobs created, €4.3 investment induced and 7 products, processes or services registered.
The RegioStars Awards have been organised by the European Commission since 2008 with the objective of identifying good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. The RegioStars Awards Jury singled out 19 finalists from 80 projects supported by European Union Cohesion Policy funds on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.
The finalists came from regions and cities in 17 Member States: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy,Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
"We are delighted to have won the RegioStars Award. This is international recognition of the importance of the innovative work being done by BEACON. BEACON is driven by the challenging targets for the adoption of green technologies and reductions in greenhouse gas emission that have been set by national governments and the European Union."
"Low carbon technologies including biorefining and industrial biotechnology are seen as important growth sectors and will need sustainable supply chains that will generate economic activity and jobs, and it is these that provide the focusfor the work being done at BEACON."
Professor Iain Donnison, Director of BEACON
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