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SLG a winner at Scottish Environment Business Awards

Scottish Leather Group has been rewarded for its commitment to sustainability at this year’s Scottish Environment Business Awards.

It was one of ten companies honoured at a ceremony in Glasgow at the start of December, collecting the award in the large management category. In total, the competition had 43 finalists and a team of judges visited all of them to assess their environmental processes.

Judges praised a series of Scottish Leather Group initiatives and working practices, including its commitment to producing ‘low carbon’ leather. The group classifies its leather as ‘low carbon’
because of award-winning initiatives such as the on-site thermal energy plant it has been running since 2010 at its Bridge of Weir tannery, taking what was previously waste sent straight to
landfill and converting it into energy for heating recycled water for the manufacturing process.

The thermal energy plant was another of the aspects of the group’s environmental management set-up that the judges in the Scottish Environment Business Awards admired. They also highlighted Scottish Leather Group’s achievements in reducing its carbon footprint by 90% since 2003, its reuse of 40% of its wastewater, saving more than £140,000 per year, and the way the leather manufacturing group has managed to “cascade” its environmental and sustainability policies throughout the organisation.

Group sustainability director, Dr Warren Bowden (pictured), said: “This is a real testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at Scottish Leather Group towards reducing our impact on the environment and we are proud to take our place amongst many excellent companies working hard to deliver a sustainable future.”

Dr Bowden described the awards as “a fantastic way to find out about what other businesses are doing and share best practice”.

Commenting, Bob Downes, chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and head of the  judging panel for the award, said: “The most successful businesses in the future will be those that are not just compliant, but are also low carbon, low material use, low water use and low waste, and who see environmental excellence as an opportunity.”

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