At the 20th VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards held in Glasgow last week, Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd (IGS), a Scottish-based indoor AgriTech and Commercial Lighting business, was one of 12 companies rewarded for their commitment to sustainability.
Intelligent Growth Solutions has been elected laureate in the category of Innovating Scotland Award for integrating and patenting innovations to offer full managed farming ecosystem and tackle food production and supply problems.
“We are so proud to be awarded the Innovating Scotland Prize. IGS Chief Executive David Farquhar said that it is Our devotion to delivering a sustainable future is at the heart of all we do at IGS and was integral to our development. We need remedies that are sustainable, economically viable and provide food safety. The technologies should contribute to bringing these approaches to a truly global market.
“Our victory is entirely due to the hard work and determination of our team working tirelessly to overcome the challenges of global food security in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.”
More than 400 industry experts gathered at the event to celebrate the successes of creative Scottish companies, showing leadership of applying best practices in the community.
Twelve awards were presented, recognizing the perspective and actions of a number of companies, which include Intelligent Growth Solutions, Diageo, and Findra, to help meet the ambition of Scotland to be a worldwide leader in addressing climate change and motivating others to follow in their footsteps.
The 2019 celebration celebrated the 20th anniversary of VIBES, which honoured 220 businesses in their industry for their sustainability contributions.
The winners ‘ announcement follows a strict judging method that included a written application, three rounds of judging panels and a side trip to evaluate their environmental processes for each of the 36 nominated companies.
“The scale of the ecological threat posed by mankind, from climate change to contaminants in our waters, is immense, with great urgency to respond,” said Bob Downes, Chairman of SEPA and Member of the VIBES Judging Panel. “The most successful entrepreneurs in the future will be those that are not only efficient but also less-carbon, low-material use, minimal-water use and small-waste.
“It is very inspiring to see the wide variety of larger and smaller enterprises taking significant measures to minimize their environmental impact and understanding environmental professionalism can also help their end result. I would like to acknowledge each of the winning companies and organizations this year and hope that others will be encouraged to follow in their footsteps. “Each of the 2019 VIBES-Scottish Environmental Business Awards winners is now eligible to participate in the next European Environmental Business Awards (EBAE), open to champions and competitors of the RSA Accredited Awards programs. VIBES is the only RSA Accredited award scheme based in Scotland.
In 2013, IGS was created. The aim was to introduce indoor horticulture to market practice by coupling effective smart lighting allowed by the Internet with automation and power control. The experience of the founders incorporated deep horticultural expertise, industrial automation and cloud computing.
In August 2018, IGS opened its first vertical demonstration facility and is now offering a groundbreaking environmentally operated development device. IGS ‘ location at the James Hutton Institute, a world-leading crop research facility, was obviously chosen to enhance collaborative incentives for consumers ‘ profit. The Institute’s researchers are working with the IGS team to try to understand how expanding indoors can influence a lot of plants kinds as well as improve efficiency.
A strategic partnership between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Scottish Government, Scottish Water Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland and The Energy Saving Trust is an award from the VIBES-Scottish Environment Business Awards.