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Jan 29, 2020

#inspiredbyVIBES: IGS visits Scottish Parliament for VIBES Awards celebration

Following on from IGS' win in the 'Innovating Scotland' category at the 2019 VIBES Scottish Environment Business awards in November, CEO David Farquhar was invited to visit the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this week to take part in a panel discussion alongside representatives of some of the other award-winning Scottish companies.

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Georgia Lea

Following on from IGS' win in the 'Innovating Scotland' category at the 2019 VIBES Scottish Environment Business awards in November, CEO David Farquhar was invited to visit the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this week to take part in a panel discussion alongside representatives of some of the other award-winning Scottish companies.

The VIBES celebration event was opened by Claudia Beamish MSP, with Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP delivering a ministerial address to attendees.

David Farquhar commented: "It was a pleasure to get together with some of the most forward-thinking minds in Scottish business where the environment and sustainability are concerned. You could really feel the commitment to change in the room.

"We only have one earth, and it is our duty to do everything we can to protect and preserve it for future generations. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IGS, and it is wonderful to see so many Scottish businesses embracing it with the same passion we do."

Representatives of the organisations that took home prizes at November's VIBES awards ceremony took part in a panel discussion during the celebration event, exploring themes around environmental sustainability.

Value Optimisation
Transparency
Systems Thinking
Collaboration
Stewardship
Innovation

At IGS, we believe that innovation is essential in agriculture, as in many other areas. A circular model must be one that we adopt more broadly, and our commitment to this is two-fold.

Sign-up below to learn more about how IGS has designed and developed a vertical farming platform to enable sustainable food production with alignment to the circular economy framework in part one. You will also seefor yourself how the engineering, supply chain management, and maintenance of the GTs aligns to circularity in part two.

Part one. How IGS’ Growth Towers enable sustainable farming and alignment to the circular economy

Recent research by the UN Environment Programme found that ‘countries are missing significant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’ and that ‘other actions in the food system, such as reducing food loss and waste, or shifting to more sustainable diets, are widely ignored’.

‍While many of us are aware of the impact of food miles and foodsrity, the UN believes policymakers need to address ‘food waste and a shift more plant-rich diets’.

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