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ScotAsh Wins Sustainable Development Award in Scottish Green Energy Awards

on Mon, 01/12/2014 - 17:06

ScotAsh has won the Sustainable Development Award in the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2014. The awards, now in their 12th year and sponsored by EDF Energy Renewables, were held as it was revealed renewables became Scotland’s main source of power in the first six months of 2014.

Katrina Manson, ScotAsh's Finance Business Partner, received the award at a ceremony organised by Scottish Renewables at Edinburgh’s EICC in front of 1,250 people from the renewable energy sector on Thursday 27th November.

Katrina said: "ScotAsh received the award as the company's sustainable cements have been used in upwards of 20 windfarms across Scotland during the last 10 years. Our cements, which include a proportion of re-engineered ash, have a significantly lower carbon footprint than traditional Portland cements and offer important strength benefits for the foundations of large wind turbines. Our products have been supporting the wind industry in Scotland – quite literally – for many years."

Over the last five years, more than 135,000 tonnes of ash-based products from ScotAsh have been used in onshore windfarms, saving 40,000 tonnes of CO2. ScotAsh products were used during the construction of Whitelee Windfarm, currently the largest in Europe. Other windfarms supplied in recent years include Baillie, Fallago Rig, Griffin, Cailliacher, Berryburn and Langhope Rig.

As well as environmental benefits, ash-based cements offer renewables developers important performance benefits, including long-term strength gain, lower heat of hydration, reducing the risk of early age thermal cracking of turbine foundations and resistance to chloride ingress and sulphate attack in coastal locations.

Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart hosted the evening at Edinburgh’s EICC. He said: “The Scottish Green Energy Awards ceremony is the biggest night of the year for the renewable energy industry, and it’s particularly pleasing to celebrate 2014’s successes on the day our figures revealed green energy has become Scotland’s main source of power.

“This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and there is no better way to recognise them than in front of more than 1,200 of their peers.

Jason Ormiston, Communications Manager & Head of Media Relations at Vattenfall, who sponsored the Sustainable Development Award category, said: "The kind of work that ScotAsh does is often overlooked. It is important that we recognise the strong sustainability benefits in the work that ScotAsh does, in particular the significant carbon benefits and reducing the already small carbon footprint of Scotland's wind sector. It's for those reasons that ScotAsh are a worthy winner of this award."

Councillor John Wincott, Fife Council’s Sustainability Champion said: “This is fantastic news for Fife and I'd like to congratulate ScotAsh on their awards success. This is another example of Fife leading the way in sustainable economic development and renewable energy generation and strengthens our reputation as a centre for excellence for renewable energy."

ScotAsh Chairman, Allan Everett, said: "ScotAsh has been working with the renewables sector in Scotland for many years now, helping to ensure that windfarm developers can minimise the carbon footprint of construction. We are delighted that the sustainability benefits of our products have been recognised by this prestigious industry award."

Two other Fife companies scooped awards on the night – Tullis Russell received the Renewing Scotland Award for their biomass CHP plant and Mines Rescue won the Contribution to Skills Award.