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Award For Salmon Waste-To-Biogas Plant


A facility in Scotland that converts dead salmon into biogas has won an environmental award. The project is a collaboration between the Scottish Salmon Company, Comhairle nan Eilean Sair, the Pure Energy Centre and Community Energy Scotland. Together they have formed the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH).

OHLEH has won this year’s Scottish Environment Business VIBES award. It was cited as a great example of local collaboration and innovative practices.

The Fish Site revealed that it could be used as an example of best practice, not only in the salmon farming sector but also in other industries.

Plant manager at Stornoway’s Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) Donnie Macmillan commented: “This award is a huge achievement for such a strong and determined partnership that underlines our belief in seeing this progressive plant continuously improve - minimising, maximising and optimising the methods of managing waste.”

He also explained that the positive environmental impact of the plant is magnified in the Outer Hebrides, because it means the waste salmon isn’t sent to landfill or transported off the island.

2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the VIBES Awards. In that time, the organisation has rewarded and recognised more than 150 businesses that have opted for and developed sustainable business practices.

At the launch of the 2019 awards earlier this year, the organisation noted that looking for sustainable ways to manage a business has a range of benefits, including financial savings, a more engaged workforce and improved competitiveness.

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