Scottish Leather Group was one ten businesses which received awards for demonstrating how they had challenged everyday working practices to embrace the environmental, economic and cultural benefits of increased sustainability.
The judges noted a number of the company’s initiatives and working practices, including a thermal energy plant which includes an oil recovery system, a reduction in carbon footprint by 90 per cent since 2003, and re-use of 40 per cent of waste water saving more than £140,000 per annum.
“We are proud to take our place amongst many excellent companies working hard to deliver a sustainable future,” says Warren Bowden, group sustainability director, Scottish Leather Group. “The awards are a fantastic way to find out about what other businesses are doing and share best practice amongst a like-minded community that too want to improve their operations while benefitting the environment and it is hoped that others are inspired to follow suit.”
Bob Downes, chair of SEPA and head of the judging panel, adds: “The most successful businesses in the future will be those that are not just compliant, but which are also low carbon, low material use, low water use and low waste, and which see environmental excellence as an opportunity. This is at the core of SEPA’s One Planet Prosperity regulatory strategy.”