Many Scottish businesses have improved or reduced their impact on the environment, often saving money in the process. The VIBES Awards recognise the best of these businesses. Could your business be one of the 2013 winners?
The race to find Scotland’s most environmentally-aware businesses has opened for the fourteenth year with the launch of the 2013 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards (VIBES).
Supported by SEPA since its inception, VIBES is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme. It aims to recognise businesses of all sizes and sectors whose internal processes, products or services are reducing impact on climate change whilst providing benefit to the company’s bottom-line.
To mark the launch of this year’s awards, three special regional launch events took place in Edinburgh, Motherwell and Aberdeen. Businesses were invited to attend the events to find out more information about the awards and meet some of the VIBES steering group who were on hand to answer questions about the application process.
The events were well attended and visitors went away with more information about the awards and useful tips from the host organisations on improving environmental performance within their own businesses.
Recognising the best in business
For more than a decade, the free-to-enter awards have produced winners from across Scotland, drawn from a range of sectors including: manufacturing; food and drink; transport; oil and gas; environmental services and leisure.
VIBES chair Gillian Bruce explains: “The aim of VIBES is to recognise businesses operating in Scotland that are trying to help make the country more environmentally aware and are working towards Scotland’s 2020 carbon reduction targets.”
This year there will be a total of ten awards, including two new categories: the Hydro Nation Award and the Circular Economy Award.
ScottishPower has returned to sponsor the Environmental and Clean Technology Award this year. In addition, Energy Saving Trust will be sponsoring the VIBES Transport Award, Scottish Government will be sponsoring the Energy Award and this year’s Waste and Resources Award will be sponsored by Enviroco.
Gillian continues: “All our awards are judged on set criteria which focus on commitment and innovation as well as environmental and economic benefit.
“Last year the competition was of a very high standard with many deserving entrants and we hope that even more of Scotland’s leading businesses will enter this year to be in with a chance of gaining recognition for their sustainable practices.”
Recognition in Europe
VIBES is also an accredited awards scheme which feeds into the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). By winning a VIBES Award, companies are eligible to enter the EBAEs, which attract entries from the cream of Europe’s most environmentally positive businesses.
If you’re interested in entering this year’s awards, you’ve got until Friday 5 July at 5pm to get your entries in.
For more information or to obtain an application form, visit the VIBES website.