UNIDO hosted the Fifth Global Chemical Leasing Award

3:00pm – 4:45pm 15 September 2021

Wolke 19, Vienna, Austria

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The award ceremony was organized on 15 September 2021 from 15:00 to 16:45, CET. The ceremony was hold in a hybrid format: in-person event was combined with online features and live streaming to the global audience (including winners).

The award ceremony acknowledged best practices, innovative approaches and ideas related to Chemical Leasing and similar performance-based business models for sustainable chemicals management, inspiring companies and individuals around the globe to rethink how they operate with chemicals.

This year the jury has received 92 applications from 20 countries.

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The event was organized in two parts: Round Table with jury members, followed by the main Ceremony.

In the beginning of the ceremony, high-level representatives of UNIDO, Austrian, German, Swiss Missions, as well as the European Association of Chemical Distributors welcomed all participants of the ceremony, and congratulated winners. They highlighted that all companies applying the Chemical Leasing model are “champions”, because the performance-based business model contributes to their improved sustainability, increased profit, better health and safety conditions for employees and protection of the environment.

In his welcoming remarks, Stephan Sicars, Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said, “We are very proud at UNIDO to be able to host this award for the fifth time. Chemical Leasing gives us something not only for today, but also for the future. It helps to develop more resource-efficient industries but also societies.”

He continued, “We all are aware of big challenges: climate change, pollution, biodiversity, etc. We need to be more careful with the resources that we have. Chemical Leasing is a means to achieve this, at the same time leveraging power of industry. I am happy that 92 applicants, in particular companies, despite of difficulties of the COVID time when many enterprises were shut, participated at the award!”

At the end of the ceremony, Elizabeth Bogosian, Ambassador and Alternate Permanent Representative of Uruguay to UNIDO, confirmed the commitment of her government to join the Declaration of Intent on Chemical Leasing, and embed this business model in Uruguay’s national policies. The declaration was created in 2016, signed first by UNIDO, the Austria, Germany and Switzerland, followed then by Peru, Serbia, El Salvador and Sri Lanka.



More than 600 persons were watching the live streaming. Among them: representatives of industry (big companies and SMEs, users and suppliers of chemicals), NGOs, researchers, consultants, policy makers, etc. – the public interested in topics related to sustainable chemicals management, innovative business models, performance-based business approaches, circular economy, strategies and tools towards sustainability.


The first Global Chemical Leasing Award was organized in 2010, and was followed by ceremonies in 2012, 2014 and 2018. Since 2004, UNIDO has been promoting the Chemical Leasing concept with the direct support of Austria, Germany and Switzerland.


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)



Category: Case Studies
Gold Plava Laguna, Hospitality, Process – Laundry, Croatia
Gold Ecolab, Chemical industry, Process – Laundry, Croatia
Silver Fumajet SA, Health technology, Process – Mosquito control, Brazil
Bronze Equator Bottlers Ltd, Processes – bottle washing, conveyor, Kenya
Category: Innovation
Gold Smart Chemistry – SMACH, Chemical industry, Process – Disinfection, Ecuador
Silver Dünger LLC, Agriculture, Process – Application of fertilizers, Ukraine
Bronze Finlays Tea Estates, Agriculture, Process – Application of agrochemicals, Sri Lanka
Bronze Hollu Systemhygiene Gmbh, Austria, Chemical industry, Process – Cleaning and disinfection (Navigation and Organisation Assistant), Austria
Category: Research
Gold Sinomine Specialty Fluids, Oil and gas, Focus of the research –
Reclamation of cesium formate brine, the United Kingdom
Silver Polikem SAS, Chemical industry, Focus of the research – production of more sustainable chemical products (for agro and automotive industries), Colombia
Bronze Nils Decker, Master thesis, Focus of the research – Chemical Leasing & a linkage to the UN SDGs, Germany
Bronze Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Biotechnology, Focus of the research – Production of (-) Ambrafuran, South Africa
Gold Equator Bottlers Ltd, Beverage industry, Kenya
Silver Novo Hotel & Suites, Hospitality/Laundry, El Salvador
Bronze Dünger LLC, Agriculture, Ukraine


Recognition of promotional and networking activities in the area of Chemical Leasing enviro.marketing, Austria
Recognition “Chemical Leasing for future generations” for promoting the concepts of Chemical Leasing and circular economy among school children Victoria Consulting and Strahinja Milovanovic, Serbia
Special recognition “Chemical Leasing forerunners” for long-standing commitment to the performance-based business model List of companies below:

  • Crown Beverages Ltd. UGANDA
  • Ecolab CROATIA
  • Ecolab UKRAINE
  • Ecopetrol S.A. COLOMBIA
  • Finlays Tea Estates SRI LANKA
  • Fumajet BRAZIL
  • General Motors EGYPT
  • Green Chemicals do Brasil BRAZIL
  • Groupe PSA BRAZIL
  • Kenya Breweries Ltd (KBL) KENYA
  • MAS Active – Linea Intimo SRI LANKA
  • Plava Laguna CROATIA
  • Polikem SAS COLOMBIA
  • Radomyshl Brewery UKRAINE
  • Ravago Chemicals SERBIA
  • Sinomine Specialty Fluids UK
  • Surfmont Laundry MONTENEGRO
  • Surfmont supplier MONTENEGRO


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