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Xanthella Ltd in Oban was one of 10 companies rewarded for their commitment to sustainability at this year’s VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.
The biotechnology company collected the Innovation award for its ambitious ASLEE project which seeks to boost the economy in rural Scotland by using renewable power to produce high value microalgae. ASLEE is a partnership project conceived by ALIenergy and Xanthella.
Aqualution Systems Ltd, Beyond Green, Clearwater Controls Ltd, Devro (Scotland) Ltd, Hickory, Peel Tech Ltd, Scottish Leather Group Limited, Spruce Carpets Limited and The James Hutton Institute were also awarded for their environmental efforts. Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service and DSM Nutritional Products (UK) Limited received commendation at the award ceremony attended by more than 400 business figures on November 14.
The announcement follows a rigorous judging process, where each of the 43 finalists were visited by a team of judges to assess their environmental processes.
Douglas McKenzie, chief executive at Xanthella Ltd, said: ‘We are proud to have been recognised at this year’s VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards in the Innovation category. Collecting a VIBES award is a real testament to the hard work and commitment from everyone at Xanthella and our partners.
‘The awards are a fantastic way to bring the ground breaking ASLEE – ENBIO project to a wider audience and an excellent opportunity to find out more about other like-minded Scottish businesses working to benefit the environment and inspire others.’
The 10 businesses awarded demonstrated challenging their everyday working practices to embrace the economic opportunity of sustainability with all reaping the wider associated benefits including increased resource efficiency, resilience, competitiveness as well as a positive working culture.
The awards also demonstrated how even small changes can have a big difference – for example, adopting active travel practices that reduce both reliance on cars and carbon emissions to implementing management programmes that empower staff to make more sustainable choices.
One of the biggest threats to humanity is climate change and, in light of this, a Climate Adaptation Award was also introduced this year in partnership with Adaptation Scotland to reward a business that demonstrates managing climate related risks. This was awarded to The James Hutton Institute for its innovative work on the International Barley Hub.
Bob Downes, chairman of SEPA and head of the VIBES judging panel, said: ‘The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards celebrate business leadership in sustainable environmental investment, and are an excellent opportunity to recognise and reward companies for going beyond business as usual and driving sustainable growth through innovation.
‘The most successful businesses in the future will be those that are not just compliant, but which are also low carbon, low material use, low water use and low waste, and which see environmental excellence as an opportunity. This is at the core of SEPA’s One Planet Prosperity regulatory strategy.
‘It is very encouraging to see the diverse range of businesses, small and large, which are taking important steps to reduce their impact on the environment and which understand how environmental excellence can also benefit their bottom line. I would like to congratulate each of this year’s winning businesses and organisations, and hope that others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.’
Each of the 2018 VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards winners is now eligible to enter the next European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) which is open to winners and runners-up of RSA Accredited award schemes. VIBES is the only Scottish-based RSA Accredited award scheme.
For more information on VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards please visit www.vibes.org.uk.