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EMAS Award makes Seacourt Europe’s leading SME for environmental excellence

22 May 2017

Leading environmental printing company Seacourt is officially recognised as Europe’s leading SME for sustainable business.  As a recipient of the prestigious EMAS Award 2017, the highest possible accolade for operating an environmentally responsible business, Seacourt has become a beacon of excellence in the circular - zero waste - economy.

Seacourt, which also has three Queen’s Awards for transformative, environmentally responsible innovation, was one of three firms selected by EMAS from over 4,000 registered companies across 11 countries.  The judges also recognised Seacourt for its innovative printing technology LightTouch™, a non-polluting process which eliminates the use of chemicals.

Gareth Dinnage, Seacourt Managing Director (pictured, second left), comments:

“Any firm that is serious about its environmental impact knows that EMAS is the ‘Gold Standard’ and we are incredibly proud to receive such recognition.  For 17 years we have met the high standards necessary to achieve EMAS accreditation, and in doing so we have transformed Seacourt from a resource-intensive, polluting printer to one that has zero impact on the environment.

He adds:  “The circular economy is the future for sustainable business and we will continue to innovate to maintain our lead in environmental excellence.  However, we invite all businesses to understand their environmental footprint and get serious about their impact on the environment.”

Seacourt Ltd is one of the world’s leading environmental printing companies and the first ever zero-waste printing company. Since 2009, this family-owned business with just 20 employees has achieved zero waste to landfill:  everything it prints either ends up as a finished printed product or is re-used, re-cycled or re-purposed.

EU Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella commented about how the organisations are proof of the reality of the Circular Economy: “What began as a theoretical concept is fast becoming an effective business model. Organisations that have integrated EMAS into their operations are showing how circular approaches can bring benefits for all.”

EMAS Award winners were selected from nominees in 11 countries by a jury of Circular Economy experts. At a ceremony in Valletta, Malta the winners were: Seacourt Printing Ltd in the Small and Medium Private Organisations category, Martin’s, a hotel group in Belgium, for Large Organisation and HNEE, a University in Germany, for Public Organisation.

Seacourt was one of the first printing companies to register with EMAS (The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).  This management tool is for organisations aiming to improve their environmental and financial performance and communicate their environmental achievements. EMAS leads to enhanced performance, credibility and transparency of registered organisations.

For more information visit : http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/

About Seacourt

Seacourt is known for its radical approach to growing a successful business while actively protecting the environment. The firm runs a thoroughly sustainable operation, from supply to manufacturing and delivery, and leads the industry in the use of its LightTouch™ waterless printing technology.  Since 1999 it has received many accolades, including three Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development, a European EMAS Award for environmental excellence, and is recognised as ‘one of the top three leading environmental printers in the world' by The Waterless Printing Association.  Visit www.seacourt.net.

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