Over 40 of Scotland's best green businesses announced as finalists for environmental awards

date12 July 2018

More than 40 of Scotland’s best green businesses have been announced as finalists for the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards in recognition of their commitment to tackling environmental challenges.

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Now in their 19th year, the awards urge Scotland’s businesses to challenge their everyday working practices and embrace the economic opportunity of sustainability. 

Amongst the diverse businesses which have made the cut for their contribution to Scotland’s sustainability are Wood, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Devro (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh Trams and the Royal Zoological Society Scotland (full list in notes to editors). The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on 14 November at Radisson Blu in Glasgow.

The finalists have been selected across nine individual award categories which aim to recognise the different ways organisations are implementing environmental best practice in their daily activity. This could range from reducing the use of plastic or developing a new product or service, to encouraging cycle to work schemes or replacing company vehicles for electric cars.

Sustainable best practice isn’t just good for the environment but is also beneficial for business performance, with many of this year’s entries reporting associated benefits including; enhanced competitiveness, a positive working culture and both environmental and financial savings.

Commenting, Bob Downes, chair of SEPA and head of the VIBES judging panel, said:

The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards are a great chance to recognise business leadership in sustainable environmental investment. This is at the core of SEPA’s One Planet Prosperity regulatory strategy. New approaches for delivering environmental improvements provide businesses with opportunities to enhance their sustainability and economic performance.

“The Awards celebrate businesses which are already stepping up to this challenge and are leading by example and are an excellent opportunity to recognise and reward these companies for going beyond “business as usual” and driving sustainable growth through innovation. It is very encouraging to see so many of Scotland’s businesses leading the way and making a difference which will not only support the environment but also protect their bottom line. I would like to congratulate each of this year’s finalists and wish them luck for November’s ceremony.”

Awards will be presented for the following categories: Management Large, Management SME, Green Team, Sustainable and Active Travel, Circular Economy, Environmental Product or Service, Innovation, and Hydro Nation Water Innovation. A Micro Business Award will also be presented to the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.

This year a Climate Adaptation commendation has also been introduced, in partnership with Adaptation Scotland, which will reward a business that has demonstrated managing climate related risks or has created a product or service to help society adapt.

Award sponsors to date include Adaptation Scotland, Anglian Water Business, Chivas Brothers Pernod Ricard, Climate-KIC through ECCI, Energy Saving Trust, Farne Salmon and Trout, Greenvale AP, Scottish Government, ScottishPower and University of Stirling Management School.

For more information on VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards please visit www.vibes.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, and Energy Saving Trust.

The Awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, Bright Green Business, Quality Scotland and Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme (www.rsaaccreditation.org).

The full list of VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 categories and finalists are as follows:

Adaptation to Climate Change:

  • Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service
  • The James Hutton Institute
  • TreeGreen trading as EGG lighting
  • Universities Superannuation Scheme LTD

Circular Economy:

  • Hamilton Waste & Recycling Ltd
  • Kittiwig Ltd
  • Remade in Edinburgh
  • Renewable Parts Ltd – Refurbishment Centre
  • Spruce Carpets Limited

Environmental Product or Service:

  • Clearwater Controls Ltd
  • Moock Environmental Solutions Ltd
  • Peel Tech Ltd
  • Scotch Whisky Association
  • Wood

Green Team:

  • Clyde Shopping Centre
  • Devro (Scotland) Ltd
  • Investec Wealth and Investment (Investec Plc)
  • Midlothian Council (Community Payback Team)
  • Royal Zoological Society Scotland

Hydro Nation Water Innovation:

  • Aqualution Systems Ltd
  • Clearwater Controls Ltd
  • Proterra Energy Ltd
  • Scotmas Limited
  • Veolia (Veolia Water Outsourcing Limited)

Innovation:

  • 3F BIO Ltd
  • CuanTec
  • eRally Motorsport Ltd and Knockhill Racing Circuit Ltd
  • IntelliDigest Ltd
  • McCormack Innovation Ltd
  • Xanthella

Management Large:

  • Devro (Scotland) Ltd
  • DSM Nutritional Products (UK) Limited
  • EDF Energy Nuclear Generation
  • Scottish Leather Group Limited
  • TechnipFMC

Management SME:

  • Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Greens deli
  • Hickory
  • Paterson Arran Ltd
  • Sidey Solutions Limited
  • The Wildcat Cafe Ltd

Sustainable and Active Travel:

  • Beyond Green
  • Edinburgh Trams
  • eRally Motorsport Ltd and Knockhill Racing Circuit Ltd
  • nextGenergy
  • Next Plc

In addition, Micro business will be considered for the Micro Business category:

  • Aqualution Systems Ltd
  • Beyond Green
  • eRally Motorsport Ltd and Knockhill Racing      Circuit Ltd
  • Greens deli
  • IntelliDigest Ltd
  • Kittiwig
  • McCormack Innovation Ltd
  • nextGenergy
  • Peel Tech Ltd
  • Proterra Energy Ltd
  • Remade in Edinburgh
  • Renewable Parts Ltd – Refurbishment Centre
  • The Wildcat Cafe Ltd
  • TreeGreen trading as EGG lighting
  • Universities Superannuation Scheme LTD
  • Xanthella