Capital gains: Sutherland timber specialist celebrates award win

GMG Energy of Halladale in Sutherland is celebrating after winning the Best Natural Capital project category, sponsored by Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm, at the Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) Awards 2022.

The organisation said its mission is to provide customers in the north with timber-based products in a sustainable manner.

Established in 2016, GMG Energy operates a sawmill on a farm in the Halladale Strath between Tongue and Thurso, producing kiln-dried logs, chip and sawdust for consumers and wholesalers.

It makes deliveries throughout the north Highlands and manufactures timber products for agricultural businesses, builders and consumers. It also supplies bark for garden centres, sawdust for livestock and dried chip for supply to local businesses and councils.

The business has committed to replacing every log of timber it uses, planting about 20,000 trees in 2021.

Founder director Malcolm Morrison said, “It has been an honour to be recognised. We entered with goodwill as we are a fairly new business and we didn’t expect to win. But to have won is such an honour and will help us establish ourselves more as a renewable energy business within the region.” 

GMG Energy added that part of its business is to supply to local people and make sure they have access to affordable energy.

“We have such a vast source of renewable energy within the north of Scotland, so to ensure that our local community is benefitting from that and the systems that are set up for them to receive affordable energy is really important to us,” Malcolm added. “We want to help people and make sure that our business is giving back to the community. I want to thank Harper MacLeod and Highland News and Media for holding the conference and awards.

“It’s such an incredible opportunity for people to come together and look at the solutions to climate change and how we as a region can work together to overcome rising energy prices. I also want to thank the sponsor of the category as, without them, our award would not have been possible.

“The most important people are the people working in our business as they make it. They give us productivity, their time and, without them, this business would not run. Our team gets my utmost thanks and I am so grateful for each and every one of them.”