Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
EU AWARD FOR HYGIENIC ECODESIGN PROJECT EUROPEAN UNION PROMOTES HYGIENIC ECODESIGN AS BEST AVAILABLE TECHNIQUES (BAT)
During the 2018 edition of EU Green Week, the biggest annual European Union conference on European environment policy, EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the 2016 and 2017 LIFE Awards. The award for “Best LIFE project” was granted to the LIFE ECODHYBAT project that mapped the effects of hygienic ecodesign techniques on food processing equipment cleaning routines.
ECODHYBAT received the “best of the best” award because it demonstrates that hygienic ecodesign is a feasible technique to significantly reduce the environmental impact of cleaning processes. To further promote the project outcomes, the EU included several hygienic ecodesign techniques in the updated Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference document (BREF) for the food sector.