Branston scoops top award for energy use

Posted: 03 December 2012
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Branston is celebrating its Scotland site winning a VIBES award for its dedication in reducing its environmental impact.

Hailed as one of the region's "most sustainable organisations", Branston, was among 34 companies shortlisted for this year's prestigious Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

Branston won the coveted Energy Award which recognises businesses that contribute to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Scotland. The company also received a special mention in the Management Award category which recognises businesses whose management systems deliver continuous improvement in environmental performance.

Eric Ritchie, general manager at Branston's Scotland site, said: "We're delighted to have won the VIBES Energy Award and receive a special mention for the Management Award. Our low carbon = low cost strategy means that we're dedicated to reducing our energy consumption and carbon emissions as our business grows. We've invested in a number of initiatives that have contributed to measurable environmental and economic benefits - from electricity and CO2 to gas oil and packaging.

"All our people, whether in the factory, field or office are responsible for our environmental management system and every little step they take to conserve resources - from segregating waste to switching off lights and machinery when they're not being used - contributes to the bigger picture of environmental best practice. So it's a real team effort and I'd like to thank everyone at Branston for playing their part."

Branston won the Energy Award against stiff competition including Dulas Ltd, a renewable energy company and Nexus Alpha Low Power Systems, an environmental technology supplier.

The VIBES awards programme has been running for 13 years and recognises the actions and achievements of Scottish companies in reducing their impact on the environment.

Eric received the award at a special ceremony on Thursday (29 November) at The Glasgow Marriott Hotel. The keynote speaker was David Wilson, director of energy and climate change at the Scottish Government.

This year's VIBES shortlist included a diverse range of companies from across Scotland which have employed environmental best practice in their day-to-day activity to cut down on resource use, increase sustainability, improve reputation and benefit the company's bottom-line.

Branston also has sites in Lincolnshire and Somerset and employs more than 600 people across the UK.

Gillian Bruce, VIBES chair said: "Each year the standard of applications seems to get better and better and it is incredible to see the quality of organisations make the shortlist this year.

"Sustainable business practice is about making the most of the resources you have in order to cut carbon emissions, which of course translate to savings. Despite the economic gloom, the companies in the VIBES 2012 shortlist have demonstrated tremendous dedication and commitment and we hope they will reap the benefits of their savings for years to come."

There were nine awards:

• Management Award: large company category (more than 250 employees)
• Management Award: SME (up to 250 employees)
• Energy
• Waste and Resources
• Transport
• Environmental and Clean Technology
• Changing Behaviour
• Best Micro Business
• Collaboration Award

VIBES is a strategic partnership between: Carbon Trust, CBI Scotland, Co-operative Development Scotland, Energy Saving Trust, Green Business Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Zero Waste Scotland.