Kinnarps achieves podium place in E-Prize final
Workplace furniture expert Kinnarps has a long heritage of environmental responsibility and has been awarded several prestigious environmental prizes in recent years. This track record continues as, yesterday, Kinnarps reached the final of E-Prize; Sweden's largest energy saving competition.
E-Prize was founded by the Swedish business magazine ‘Veckans Affärer’ and energy company E-ON and is awarded annually to companies that have excelled in their approach to saving energy and thus contributed to a more sustainable Sweden. This year's contest was held yesterday, 20 May, and Kinnarps became one of three finalists in the ‘big businesses’ category. The category attracted entries from 90 companies across Sweden and was won overall by Abba Seafood.
’To be one of only three finalist in the Big Business category for the most innovative energy savings is a victory in itself. The jury selected Kinnarps because of our environmental and energy efficiency work’, says Tomas Ekström, Kinnarps environmental and quality manager.
‘We believe we have managed to find a balance between efficiency, ongoing environmental work and reaching our long-term business and sustainability goals. It’s gratifying to receive such auspicious recognition that we’re getting the balance right.’ he continues.
Resource saving is a well-established corporate culture within Kinnarps and thrift is also its watchword when it comes to energy consumption. For example, since the 1970's (and long before it became fashionable to do so), Kinnarps has recycled its production waste. All flammable waste products, such as sawdust, paper, used packaging and woodchips are compressed into fuel briquettes that are then used to heat Kinnarps’ factories and local, public buildings. Kinnarps has also implemented energy surveys to identify any energy wasting hotspots within its operations.
’Energy efficiency doesn’t just help to save the planet, it saves us money.” explains Tomas Ekström. “So along with the importance of being environmentally responsible citizens, it simply makes good business sense to be as energy efficient as possible.”
Over the last year Kinnarps has been repeatedly acknowledged for its outstanding environmental work. In 2009 the company was named ‘Excellent Green Supplier’ by the Swedish Environmental Management Council, and was the only Swedish company nominated in the EMAS Awards ‘Big Businesses’ category. Achieving a podium place for the Big Business category E-Prize is yet further acknowledgment that office furniture company Kinnarps is moving in the right direction when it comes to environmental responsibility.
For further information, please contact
Tomas Ekström, Kinnarps environmental and quality manager, +46 515 381 40
Ida Gustafsson, Media & Communications Officer, +46 515 383 89
Kinnarps provides interior solutions for offices and other public spaces, controlling the whole supply chain from raw materials to finished products, with consistent high quality and low environmental impact. The corporation was founded in 1942 by Jarl and Evy Andersson and is still family owned. Kinnarps is the second largest workplace furniture supplier in Europe and has distribution in about 40 countries. In March Kinnarps acquired Samas in Germany. The forecast for the current total annual turnover is 450M EURO. Approx 2 500 employees work within Kinnarps Group.
Tomas Ekström, Kinnarps environmental and quality manager