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Search for Scotland's greenest hospitality business begins

The race to find Scotland’s most environmentally-aware hospitality businesses begins as the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards (VIBES) opens for the fourteenth year.
  VIBES is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme. It aims to recognise businesses of all sizes and sectors employing 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.

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.

Peter Lederer, chairman of The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire won the VIBES Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

He said: “The staff at Gleneagles have worked tirelessly over the past few years to ensure that the hotel is an industry-leader in sustainability. It was fantastic to receive recognition for our efforts so far, and we will continue to strive to do all we can as a business to promote responsible tourism and protect the environment for future generations.”

Gillian Bruce, VIBES chair explains: “The aim of VIBES is to recognise businesses operating in Scotland that are trying to help make the country more environmentally aware and that are working towards Scotland’s 2020 carbon reduction targets.

“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.”

There will be a total of ten awards this year, including two new categories: the Hydro Nation Award and the Circular Economy Award. Winners will be selected from the following categories:
  ·         Management Award: large company category (more than 250 employees)
·         Management Award: SME (up to 250 employees)
·         Energy Award
·         Waste and Resources Award
·         Transport Award
·         Environmental and Clean Technology Award
·         Changing Behaviour Award
·         Hydro Nation Award
·         Circular Economy Award
·         Best Micro Business Award

The deadline for entries is Friday 5 July at 5pm  

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 and this year’s Waste and Resources Award will be sponsored by Enviroco.  

VIBES is 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.  

VIBES is a strategic partnership between Energy Saving Trust, Green Business Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water and Zero Waste Scotland.  

The partnership allows for a rigorous judging process and the awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme.

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