ScotAsh, Scotland¹s leading manufacturer of green construction products, has fended off competition from Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Redrow and Accenture to scoop a national Business in the Community Award.
The company, based at Longannet Power Station, Kincardine-on-Forth, won the award for manufacturing environmentally-friendly cements, grouts and stabilisation products from power station ash.
The national award winners were announced at a Gala Dinner in London in the presence of Business in the Community¹s President, HRH The Prince of Wales, and former US Vice President Al Gore on 2nd July 2007.
ScotAsh, a joint venture between ScottishPower-Iberdrola and Lafarge Cement, received the TCS Marketplace Innovation Award from HRH The Prince Charles at a glittering event in the Royal Albert Hall to mark 25 years of Business in the Community.
ScotAsh Managing Director Peter Quinn, who collected a commemorative plaque from environmental figurehead Mr Gore and an oak sapling from HRH The Prince Charles, said: ³Our success in the Business in the Community Awards comes just after we announced a record year with sales of 833,000 tonnes of products. We are achieving beneficial recycling on a massive scale.
³In the last four years by recycling and re-engineering ScottishPower¹s ash into construction materials such as cement, we have saved 2.5 million tonnes of primary aggregates, 150,000 tonnes of CO2 and avoided the need to landfill 2.5 million tonnes of ash.²
Recently ScotAsh products have been used in the new Upper Forth Crossing, the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail link, the shaft isolation project at Dounreay and in repairs of a 300-metre stretch of Edinburgh¹s Royal Mile that used 90% recycled materials.
ScotAsh will also be supplying cement to Whitelee Windfarm near Glasgow, which will be the largest on-shore windfarm in Europe.
Keith Sharpe, Marketing Director of award sponsors TATA Consultancy Services, said: ³ScotAsh have come up with something truly different. These new products are not only extremely effective and being profitably sold to the construction industry, they offer massive potential to reduce the amount of fly ash that goes to landfill.²
ScotAsh is a joint venture between ScottishPower, now part of the Iberdrola group, and Lafarge Cement UK. The company is based at Longannet Power Station, Kincardine-on-Forth, and employs 24 people.
The business takes the ash output from ScottishPower¹s coal-fired power stations and uses it to make environmentally friendly construction products, such as cements, grouts and waste stabilisation products.
A significant proportion of the ash is processed through an electrostatic separator, making it suitable for high quality construction products.
ScotAsh received a Queen¹s Award for Enterprise (Innovation Category) in 2005.
Business in the Community Big Ticks are awarded to companies that are able to demonstrate a high standard of excellence in the way they organise and integrate responsible business practices, and can show a positive impact on society and on the business.
It was good news too for ScotAsh¹s parent companies at the Royal Albert Hall event. Lafarge Cement won the Eco Efficiency Award and ScottishPower-Iberdrola achieved a Highly Commended in the EDF Energy Environmental Leadership Award.
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