VIBES Awards


  • The highly acclaimed Celtic Renewables picked up another accolade at this years VIBES(Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) awards. The company received a special commendation for its work in producing sustainable biofuel from the residues of the whisky industry. The award, sponsored by Scottish Power, was presented to company Directors Professor Martin Tangney and Mark Simmers at ceremony held at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, attended by over 300 people from a wide range of Scottish businesses and organisations.

    The VIBES Awards is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme. The Awards recognise businesses that contribute to the country’s sustainable development by taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment.

    Each of the 14 finalists were subjected to a rigorous judging process, including a programme of site visits which saw the VIBES judging panel visiting the company to assess their environmental practices.

    The awards aim to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals.

    Professor Tangney said, ““As a small but ambitious young company, Celtic Renewables has built its reputation for environmental sustainability on people and partnerships, as we aim to bring our innovation to the world. VIBES epitomises strategic partnership, and this recognition by VIBES is both an honour and a tremendous endorsement for us as a business.”

    The VIBES Awards is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and the 20:20 Climate Group. The Awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses and Bright Green Business.

    Sponsoring the event this year are Business Stream, Albert Bartlett and Sons Ltd, ScottishPower, Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Lothian Buses Ltd., NetRegs, Chivas Brothers, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of Stirling Management Centre.

    Awards were presented for each of the eight categories: Management (Large and SME), Environmental Product or Service, Transport, Co-operation, Hydro-Nation, Circular Economy and Micro Business.


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