Salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms has been recognised with an award for its achievements in sustainable energy.

The Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology (REA) named Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) the winner of its Sustainability Award at its annual event, held last night at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens.

In a category that included heavyweights BrewDog and Veolia, amongst others, SSF was presented with the Sustainability Award for a range of initiatives that aim to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, from increasing uptake of renewable energies through to rethinking waste to create “circular economy” products.

SSF Head of Sustainability & Development Anne Anderson who said: “It helps that salmon farming has one of the lowest carbon footprints of all the livestock farming sectors, which is a great starting point.

“At company level, we’re taking these strong credentials even further, working in collaboration with like-minded supply partners and customers to set a new bar for sustainability within the sector.”

SSF’s initiatives so far include:

  • reducing single-use plastics by introducing returnable bulk bins, saving more than two million plastic boxes since 2017;
  • making the most efficient use of road miles by using return journeys to transport fish feed and other goods, and transporting salmon to export markets via the hold of passenger flights as opposed to freight-only planes;
  • repurposing fish waste into valuable by-products including pet food and fertiliser;
  • adopting greener energies including wind, solar, wave and hybrid across farms and facilities to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and lower CO2 emissions; and
  • developing a greenhouse gas app to monitor energy consumption and identify other opportunities for efficiencies.

Amongst the many partners working with SSF to help bring about these advances is AMP Clean Energy who designed, installed and maintain the biomass energy system that helps heat the company’s flagship Barcaldine Hatchery.

Bruno Berardelli, Head of Asset Services at AMP Clean Energy, said: “By using locally sourced wood chip to provide much of the facility’s heat and hot water, the 600kw system saves 683 tonnes of carbon annually compared with oil, proving that biomass energy has a key role to play in net zero food production.

“To see that key role recognised as part of such a coveted award can only be beneficial in terms of helping raise awareness of what’s already available – and what more might be achieved through further collaboration.”

Awards judges were equally impressed with the salmon producer’s future sustainability plans, with several new greener technologies and sustainable practices in the pipeline.

Anne Anderson

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