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Viridor congratulates Scottish Government on Global Green Economy Awards

One of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, Viridor, has congratulated the Scottish Government on scooping a prestigious award at “The Circulars”, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the world’s premier circular economy award program, recognising individuals and organisations across the globe that have made notable contributions to the circular economy in the public and private sectors and society.

The Scottish Government won the AB InBev Award for Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions category in recognition for its work placing the circular economy at the core of Scotland’s Economic Strategy and Manufacturing Action Plan.  Making Things Last, the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, also aims to help ensure jobs and the economy are supported as finite resources are conserved.

The Scottish Government came out on top in its category ahead of entries from as far afield as China, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Commenting on the award win, Martin Grey, Head of Public Affairs at Pennon Group, said:

“This is great news for Scotland.  Winning this award is a major achievement for the Scottish Government as each of the finalists are international leaders in the circular economy in their own right.  It is a shining testament to Scotland’s efforts to develop a world-class circular economy and shows Scotland is again punching above its weight on the world stage.

“Viridor has and will continue to play a leading role in realising the Scottish Government’s green economy ambitions.  Over the last two years, Viridor has invested over £350m in Scotland, including the flagship £25m Newhouse glass recycling facility in North Lanarkshire, the most advanced of its type in the UK.  This centre of glass recycling excellence is helping drive Scotland’s circular economy by reducing reliance on imported materials, boosting the sustainability of Scotland’s largest export – Scotch whisky.

“This and other projects across the country are helping build a more sustainable Scotland and a nation which is an international standard-bearer for a circular economy.”


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