Green Energy Success For Scottish Firm

17 March 2009
Alyn Smith MEP has today expressed his delight at the news that Scottish firm, Argent Energy, has been awarded Sustainable Biodiesel Producer 2009 by an expert panel of judges at the Sustainable Biofuels Awards.

Their award will be presented tonight (Tuesday) at a ceremony being held at the World Biofuels Markets Expo and Conference in Belgium.

Argent Energy make their environmentally-friendly transport fuel by recycling tallow and used cooking oil at their state of the art plant near Motherwell. A relatively small company, they beat off competition from larger Neste Oil and Mabanaft to put Scotland firmly on the map for its green energy success.

Alyn visited the plant last August in his role as Rapporteur for the opinion of the Agriculture Committee on the EU Animal By-products regulation, and to discuss the implications for Scottish agriculture andthe surrounding industries.

Mr Smith said:

"This is fantastic news and I pass on my congratulations to the team at Argent. I am absolutely delighted to see a Scottish firm win such recognition in a world wide competition, against such strong rivals too.

"Argent has led the way in developing the science behind recycling the by-products of other industries, be it cooking oil from chippies or fifth quarter from farms, and turning it into environmentally-friendly transport fuel. The evolution of these practices presents growing opportunities for other areas of industry, in particular Scotland's agriculture sector. It is ridiculous that potassium sulphate and glycerol, both valuable in their own right, should be viewed as hazardous waste when the science has moved on and they could provide another income stream for Scottish farming.

"Scotland is so well-placed when it comes to clean, green energy and with our natural resources we have the potential to become Europe's renewable energy powerhouse. The work done by Argent Energy, among others, only serves to strengthen Scotland's already highly regarded reputation in this field and it is excellent to see this being recognised by such a prestigious panel."