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International Barley Hub shortlisted for VIBES climate change award

VIBES judges visited our Invergowrie site (c) James Hutton Institute
"The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards are a great chance to recognise business leadership in sustainable environmental investment"

The International Barley Hub, an initiative of the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee which aims to create a platform for the translation of barley research into commercial benefits for the entire brewing, whisky and food value chain, has been shortlisted for a VIBES – Scottish Environment Business award, in the Adaptation to Climate Change category.

Now in their 19th year, the VIBES awards urge Scotland’s businesses to challenge their everyday working practices and embrace the economic opportunity of sustainability.

The Adaptation to Climate Change judging panel, comprised by David Balmford, Denise Main (both from SEPA) and Ellen Eyles (Scottish Water), visited the Institute’s Invergowrie site to find out more about work to develop barley varieties and farming systems to cope with climate change. Later they visited our Balruddery Farm to learn about our ‘magic margins’ and the Centre for Sustainable Cropping.

On announcing this year’s finalists, Bob Downes, chair of SEPA and head of the VIBES judging panel, said: “The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards are a great chance to recognise business leadership in sustainable environmental investment. This is at the core of SEPA’s One Planet Prosperity regulatory strategy. New approaches for delivering environmental improvements provide businesses with opportunities to enhance their sustainability and economic performance.

“The Awards celebrate businesses which are already stepping up to this challenge and are leading by example and are an excellent opportunity to recognise and reward these companies for going beyond ‘business as usual’ and driving sustainable growth through innovation. It is very encouraging to see so many of Scotland’s businesses leading the way and making a difference which will not only support the environment but also protect their bottom line.

"I would like to congratulate each of this year’s finalists and wish them luck for November’s ceremony."

The 2018 VIBES award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 14th November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL. For a full list of categories and finalists, see the VIBES Award press release.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.