VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards shortlist announced
Two companies working within the construction sector have been named as finalists in VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.
Brewster Brothers Ltd, who turn demolition waste into recycled aggregate, and Taylor Construction Plant, who devised the TH200 Light Tower, the world’s first low energy LED Hydrogen Fuel Cell light, are amongst the line-up of businesses and organisations that are set to be recognised for their work in forging a greener future.
Brewster Brothers from Livingston are finalists in the Service Scotland Award for businesses whose services bring environmental and business benefits, while Taylor Construction Plant from Falkirk, are named in the Product Scotland Award for developing a product with positive environmental outcomes. Taylor Construction Plant are also finalists in the Innovating Scotland Award, which recognises companies whose innovative practices have resulted in greater sustainability.
A total of 36 businesses from across Scotland have been included in the shortlist for the prestigious awards which are focused on inspiring companies to play their part in meeting Scotland’s ambition to be a world leader on tackling climate change. * (Full shortlist in notes to editors)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of VIBES and finalists have been selected across eleven categories which recognise the different ways that sustainable best practice can be implemented. They include examples of good practice in the following categories: Leadership Scotland, Innovating Scotland, Product Scotland, Service Scotland, Hydro Nation Scotland, Circular Scotland, Moving Scotland, Adapting Scotland, Engaging Scotland, Partnership Scotland and Small Business Scotland.
As part of this year’s anniversary celebrations a special Best of VIBES Award will be presented to a past winner that has demonstrated an ongoing contribution to sustainable development by embracing new practices and constantly reviewing its systems so that it remains environmentally focused.
Bob Downes, chair of SEPA and head of the VIBES judging panel, said: “The scale of environmental challenges facing humanity is enormous, with a real urgency to act. The successful businesses of tomorrow will be those who embrace the economic opportunity of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.
“VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards, linked to SEPA’s ambitious ‘One Planet Prosperity’ strategy, recognise Scotland’s leading businesses who show a real commitment to sustainable goods, products and services through leadership, innovation and ambition.
“I would like to congratulate all the finalists who have been recognised by the VIBES Awards and I look forward to announcing the winners in due course.”
Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “My congratulations go to the businesses who have been shortlisted for this year’s VIBES awards. We are all aware of the urgent environmental issues affecting our planet and business has a vital role to play in Scotland’s continuing journey to a net-zero society.
“It is important that we recognise those who are leading on action to develop sustainable solutions and environmental practices while seizing the economic benefits of embracing a vibrant and innovation circular economy.”
Award sponsors include Adaptation Scotland, Chivas Brothers-Pernod Ricard, Farne Salmon and Trout, Mabbett, ScottishPower, Glenmorangie, The Scottish Government, Travel Know How Scotland and Wave Utilities.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 14 November at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Glasgow.
For more information on VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards please visit www.vibes.org.uk