ULM-BASED COMPANY IS TOP OF SUSTAINABILITY IN EUROPE
At the SME EnterPRIZE 2023 event in Brussels, Generali presented the ten “Sustainability Heroes”, which were selected from more than 7,000 European SMEs as leaders in the development of sustainable companies.
The Ulm-based company of CEO duo Gabriele Renner and Sabine Stein not only received the SME EnterPRIZE Award for Germany, but also beat other finalists from Austria, Spain, France, Hungary, Slovenia and Portugal to win the European “Advisory Board Special Mention” award.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY, 90% RECYCLED FIBRES, REGIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN IN GERMANY AND MORE
The jury was impressed by the sustainability of pervormance international’s business concept, which has not only developed climate-friendly air conditioning with innovative textile technology, but also offers the technology itself and the products with 90% recycled fibres, regional production with a supply chain in Germany and Europe, recyclability and much more. This can save over 90% CO2 compared to air conditioning systems. No energy is required and environmentally harmful refrigerants are saved, as only water and air, as well as E.COOLINE technology, are needed for cooling.
“The climate is getting warmer and more and more people are suffering from the heat. With 1 gigatonne of CO2 and over 8% of the world’s energy requirements, air conditioning systems are not a solution,” says pharmacist and Managing Director Gabriele Renner. This is where the company’s products and technology come in.
A ROLE MODEL FOR OTHER COMPANIES
Generali and an expert advisory board with members from academia, business and think tanks assessed the applicants on the basis of their social and environmental commitment, including the implementation of notable sustainability initiatives in their business activities. The winners of the SME EnterPRIZE are thus role models for other entrepreneurs and ambassadors for sustainability.
“We are delighted with the awards,” says Sabine Stein, sports scientist and Co-Managing Director of the Ulm-based company. “Winning also shows that the topic of climate adaptation has arrived in society.”
WE CELEBRATE THE SUSTAINABILITY HEROES
The event was attended by Generali management under Generali Group CEO Philippe Donnet and high-level European politicians, including Valdis Dombrovskis – Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for an economy that works for people and European Commissioner for Trade; Paolo Gentiloni – European Commissioner for Economic Affairs; Martina Dlabajová – Member of the European Parliament and Co-Chair of the Parliament’s SME Intergroup; Pina Picierno – Vice-President of the European Parliament. Academic leaders and Generali’s top management also took part. There was also a message from Marcos Neto, Deputy Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Policy and Programme Support Office.