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Viridor nominated for inaugural One Planet Business Award

23rd October 2016

One of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, Viridor, has been shortlisted for a top sustainability award at one of the most prestigious events in the Scottish business community’s calendar.

Viridor has been selected as a finalist for the inaugural ‘SEPA One Planet Award’ at The Scottish Business Awards. The award, which will be presented by actor, producer and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, recognises that Scotland’s business sectors can be a powerful driver for delivering an inclusive and low carbon economy and looks to celebrate the achievements that Scotland delivers when it comes to protecting the “One Planet” on which we live.

Along with the shortlisted companies, Viridor had to show recognition of the key issues, challenges and constraints required to tackle climate change and to ensure environmental protection. The entrants were also required to show recognition of the opportunities for profit that arise from these challenges and the creation of a strategy to profit from sustainable activity. Finally, evidence had to be presented that showed outstanding leadership within the sector in delivering a “One Planet” approach and the creation of an example for others to follow.

Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor’s submission focuses on the company’s purpose to give resources new life. The submission highlights the company’s Scottish Resource Networks policy programme and how the business is working with the Green Alliance Circular Economy Task Force in mapping the challenges of sustainability and resource resilience linking to a renewed Scottish industrial strategy. It points to how the business has recognised its own role in sustainable development, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The submission shortlisting signals how Viridor is backing Scotland’s circular economy, One Planet Prosperity vision through a £500m Scottish investment programme and the firms leadership within the its sector in a one planet approach to business.

Martin Grey, Head of Media Relations & Public Affairs at Viridor, said:

“The Scottish Business Awards are without a doubt the biggest awards ceremony of its kind in the UK and we are overwhelmed to be announced as one of the finalists.

“As part of our £500m Scottish programme of investment in clean-tech infrastructure, building on an existing £100m network, we are at the forefront of Scotland’s circular one planet economy and to be shortlisted for the ‘SEPA One Planet award’ is testament to that.”

Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s Chief Executive, said:

“This is the first time we’ve supported the Scottish Business Awards ‘One Planet Award’ and we’re pleased to have such a range of businesses included as finalists. Being a finalist, and potentially the winner, of the award shows that in the 21st century, businesses who recognise the need to live within our planets resources and who see opportunities for profitability through environmental innovation will be successful.

“By identifying where individual businesses and industry can go beyond compliance, Scotland has the unique opportunity to set the trend on a global scale. Whilst many countries look to develop a Circular Economy, SEPA’s One Planet approach is leading the way by creating the regulatory framework for businesses to go beyond compliance. There are huge economic incentives for pushing beyond basic compliance. As pressure on our current resources becomes greater, it will ultimately be businesses that are more sustainable that will continue to thrive, helping to create more lasting and inclusive growth in Scotland.”

Martin Valenti, SEPAs Head of Strategic Partnerships, who drove forward the Scottish Business Awards partnership, added:

“I was motivated to partner with the UKs biggest business awards because my role engages with Scotland’s most successful businesses. It’s important to showcase and celebrate these great examples of progressive Scottish businesses recognising the economic opportunity of sustainability and working towards a One Planet model of prosperity.”

The awards, which are the UK’s largest business awards, will be held at Edinburgh’s EICC on Thursday 17 November 2016. The key note speaker at this year’s event is Leonardo DiCaprio. An actor, producer and environmental activist, he is well known for his dedication to protecting our environment on a global scale.

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