Vibe Awards 2012
- 28 Nov 2012
The prestigious awards programme has been recognising the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish companies in reducing their impact on the environment for nearly 13 years.
This year’s VIBES shortlist includes 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.
Peter Taylor, Chairman of The Town House Collection, said: We are delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious VIBES Awards.
‘We are passionate about sustainability within our business and generate our own electricity. This, in turn, helps power systems which reduce our carbon foot print. Hotels can be energy profligate however Blythswood Square is not and we continue to manage our systems to continually reduce our energy tab. As a result, the luxury experience we provide is not at the expense of the environment and our guests appreciate this.
‘To achieve this, we rely on total commitment from our whole team and this nomination is testament to that support and they are to be congratulated.’
The winners of this year’s nine categories will be announced at a special ceremony taking place on 29 November 2012 at The Glasgow Marriott Hotel. The keynote speaker will be David Wilson, Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Scottish Government.
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.
“Our expert judging panel of environmental specialists from a variety of sectors has been visiting sites across the country to evaluate each of the shortlisted applications first-hand and we have been suitably impressed.
“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 are nine awards this year, including a new category: The Collaboration Award. Winners will be selected from the following categories:
•Management Award: large company category (more than 250 employees)
•Waste and Resources
•Environmental and Clean Technology
•Best Micro Business
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.
It is the only Scottish awards scheme which feeds into the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). By winning a VIBES Award, companies are eligible to enter the EBAE, which attract entries from the cream of Europe’s most environmentally positive businesses.
Sponsors of this year’s VIBES Awards include: Management Award (SME) sponsor Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), Environmental & Clean Technology Award sponsor Scottish Power, Changing Behaviour Award sponsor Chivas Brothers, Transport Award sponsor Energy Saving Trust Scotland and Energy Award sponsor the Scottish Government.
Regular updates on the VIBES Awards 2012 will be posted on Twitter before and during the ceremony. Follow @VibesAwards
For more information on VIBES, please visit www.vibes.org.uk