Good VIBES as firm gets chance of Euro award

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Mar­jorie Kerr

A West Loth­ian busi­ness has been se­lected to rep­re­sent the UK at the 2018 Euro­pean Busi­ness Awards for the En­vi­ron­ment.

Pater­son Ar­ran in Liv­ingston is one of 11 com­pa­nies from the UK cho­sen due to their com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity.

They will com­pete against com­pa­nies from 28 other par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

Each com­pany has been se­lected fol­low­ing their suc­cess at the VIBES Awards, which are backed by Scottish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (SEPA), Scottish Gov­ern­ment and its agen­cies, and in­clude; EC- OG, Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre ( EICC), Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd, Guala Clo­sures UK, Glenuig Inn, Jaw Brew, John Lawrie (Aberdeen) Lim­ited, Mar­lin In­dus­tries Scot­land Ltd, Pater­son Ar­ran and Ve­rac­ity UK Lim­ited.

The award- win­ning com­pa­nies show­case the ex­am­ple Scot­land’s busi­nesses are set­ting when it comes to tack­ling cli­mate change.

These in­clude Jaw Brew’s cir­cu­lar, restora­tive ap­proach to man­ag­ing re­sources by us­ing sur­plus morn­ing rolls to pro­duce its Hard­tack beer whilst Farne Salmon’s in­no­va­tive ap­proach has seen them in­vest in a re­cy­cling plant, turn­ing a cost into a new in­come stream.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for the En­vi­ron­ment, Cli­mate Change and Land Re­form Roseanna Cun­ning­ham said: “Congratulations to these busi­nesses who are us­ing their cre­ativ­ity to come up with ways of re­duc­ing emis­sions and help­ing to show Scot­land’s lead­er­ship on cli­mate change.

“The Scottish Gov­ern­ment has a clear vi­sion for a low car­bon Scot­land. We want to build a coun­try which trains, attracts and re­tains the busi­nesses and the in­no­va­tors who will shape the low car­bon tran­si­tion. I hope these busi­nesses will en­cour­age oth­ers to think in­no­va­tively about how we can cre­ate a cleaner, greener, cli­mate- ready Scot­land.”

Terry A’Hearn, CEO of SEPA, said: “The scale of en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenge fac­ing hu­man­ity is enor­mous, with a real ur­gency to act. Scot­land is a global leader in its com­mit­ment to tack­ling cli­mate change, in pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing our en­vi­ron­ment, in s t rength­en­ing our in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for sus­tain­able growth and in sup­port­ing a tran­si­tion to low-car­bon econ­omy. Scottish busi­nesses have recog­nised the eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity, re­flected in the fact over 90 per cent of the UK del­e­ga­tion are from Scot­land and the SEPA backed VIBES pro­gramme.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late all of the nom­i­nated com­pa­nies for their suc­cess in reach­ing this stage of the EBAEs and wish them ev­ery suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

The EBAE recog­nises out­stand­ing, new or in­no­va­tive con­tri­bu­tions to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and the UK fi­nal­ists will com­pete against win­ners from 28 other coun­tries.

Each mem­ber state can put for­ward a max­i­mum of 12 en­tries to the awards with UK en­trants se­lected from the win­ners and run­ners up of RSA Ac­cred­ited award schemes, in­clud­ing Scot­land’s VIBES Awards which is the only Scottish based RSA Ac­cred­ited Awards.

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