ScotAsh Limited, the green construction products company based at Kincardine-on-Forth, is to receive its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in three years.
The company, a joint venture between ScottishPower and Lafarge Cement UK, receives a Queen’s Award in the Sustainable Development category. ScotAsh received a Queen’s Award in the Innovation category in 2005 for processing power station ash into high quality construction products.
This year’s Award, conferred by Her Majesty The Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, recognises ScotAsh’s continuous achievement in producing sustainable construction products, including blended cements, grouts and waste stabilisation materials, from power station ash.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, announced on 21st April, Her Majesty’s birthday, are the UK’s most prestigious awards for business performance – they recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies.
The honour announcement states: “The company is commended for the contribution it has made to sustainability through its innovative research and development, pioneering for its time, which has resulted in the capacity to recycle previously unrecyclable material.
“The company has also striven to ensure high-end use for such material, enhancing the carbon savings which can accrue. This is a company that has demonstrated commendable leadership through its innovation, development of new markets, and strong stewardship, providing a strong benchmark for progressing the sustainable development agenda.”
ScotAsh Managing Director Peter Quinn said: “Receiving a Queen’s Award is a great honour. To receive two such Awards in different categories in such a short timescale is a rare distinction that underlines the merits of our strategy and workforce. We are delighted and very proud.”
Last year ScotAsh sold 1.1 million tonnes of products, including cements, grouts and stabilisation materials, smashing all previous records.
By using power station ash from Longannet and Cockenzie power stations as their raw material, ScotAsh conserves virgin aggregates, avoids the need to dispose of ash to landfill and saves significant quantities of CO2 by displacing carbon intensive Portland Cement.
During the last five years ScotAsh has sold more than 3.5 million tonnes of ash-based products, saving more than 3.5 million tonnes of primary aggregates, 180,000 tonnes of CO2 and diverting more than three million tonnes of ash from landfill.
ScotAsh products are being used in various high profile projects across Scotland, including Whitelee windfarm near Glasgow, the new Upper Forth Crossing and Scottish and Southern Energy’s Glendoe Hydro-electric project.
The Queen’s Award will be formally conferred on the business by the Lord Lieutenant of Fife, as the Queen’s representative, at a ceremony this summer.
ScotAsh uses innovative electrostatic separation technology to remove carbon from the ash, making it suitable for high quality construction products.
ScotAsh received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation Category) in 2005. The company was named National Example of Excellence in Business in the Community’s TCS Marketplace Innovation Award 2007 and received a Big Tick in the Eco Efficiency category.
The company is based at Longannet Power Station and employs 26 people. A recent Investors in People feedback report described the company as “outstanding” and its people and leadership as “inspirational”.
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