UN Ambassador Sacha Dench and Celtic Renewables Founder and President Prof Martin Tangney OBE
UN Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species Sacha Dench – known as the human swan – touched down in Scotland as part of her Round Britain Climate Challenge to raise awareness of the effects of climate change… and shine a light on the innovators working to solve the crisis.
Flying in on an electric paramotor, Sacha flew over local landmark “the Kelpies” before landing nearby and visiting Celtic Renewables, where she met with Professor Martin Tangney OBE, Founder of Celtic Renewables, company CEO Mark Simmers and company MD John Stevenson.
In June, Sacha began her world record expedition from the host city of COP26, Glasgow. Since then, she has flown across Britain stopping off to interview people involved in addressing the effects of climate change. The UN ambassador toured the Celtic Renewables plant – which will be the first biorefinery in the country – and learned first-hand how Celtic Renewables patented low-carbon technology converts unwanted and low-value biological materials, such as by-products from whisky distilling, into high-value, low carbon chemicals which can replace petrochemicals currently used in the multitude of products we use every day from cleaning materials to food production.
Sacha touring the Celtic Renewables plant
The expedition film crew recorded her visit and Sacha interviewed Martin for a compilation film of expedition stories that will be presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26 – in Glasgow in November. There is also a TV documentary being made about her trip which is due to be aired later this year that will be presented by Joanna Lumley.
left to right: Celtic Renewables CEO Mark Simmers, Sacha Dench, Prof Martin Tangney OBE
Celtic Renewables also plays a prominent role in a wider low carbon campaign in the Forth Valley area and hosted a number of other sustainability champions at the plant to meet with Sacha during her visit to the area.
It is hoped that Sacha will be successful in achieving a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance flown by electric paramotor in a 30-day period.