The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed

FORTY Scots businesses judged to be tackling environmental issues and challenges have been shortlisted for this year’s VIBES awards. 

The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards will take place on November 14 at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.

The finalists for the 19th edition include: Wood, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Devro (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh Trams and the Royal Zoological Society Scotland.

They will compete across nine award categories  to recognise ways organisations are implementing potential environmental best practice in their daily activity.

Bob Downes, chair of SEPA and head of the VIBES judging panel, said: “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.”

The categories include 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.

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

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.

The full VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards shortlist reads:

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

WANT TO LEARN MORE? Read:www.vibes.org.uk

IMAGE CREDITS: VIBES / Big Partnership 

Shaun Milne is a Scottish based journalist with a particular interest in environmental issues, politics and travel.

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