Good VIBES as firm gets chance of Euro award
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.