Construction firms urged to see the benefits of going green

Bob Downes

SCOTTISH construction firms have been urged to embrace the financial benefits of going green by the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.

The environmental awards highlighted the need to tackle environmental challenges as well as the potential economic benefits this can deliver.

New research from the awards found 81% of previous finalists and winners who had already implemented environmental improvements had seen “significant financial benefits” with 44% saving more than £10,000 and 17% saving over £50,000 in a year.

The awards pointed to City Building, Graham Construction and Laing O’Rourke as three of the construction businesses already recognising the importance of sustainable practices. They join more than 100 others who have received a VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Award to date.

Bob Downes, chair of SEPA and head of the VIBES judging panel said, “The scale of environmental challenges facing humanity is enormous, with a real urgency to act. The successful businesses of tomorrow will be those who embrace the economic opportunity of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

“Each year the Scottish Government and SEPA backed VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards present a national platform to showcase Scottish business leadership. But more than that, the awards benefit not only the environment, but the bottom line of organisations showing vision on sustainability.”

Applications for the 2018 Awards close at 5pm on the 27 April 2018. The nine award categories are; Management Large, Management SME, Green Team, Sustainable and Active Travel, Circular Economy, Environmental Product or Service, Innovation, Hydro Nation Water Innovation and a Micro Business Award.

The 2018 Awards will be held on 14 November at The Radisson Hotel, Glasgow. For more information, visit