Aberdeen-headquartered John Lawrie Group will be among a number of Scottish businesses flying the flag for the United Kingdom at a European awards ceremony later this year.

The metal reprocessing, tubular supply and decommissioning company has been shortlisted in the process category at the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). It is one of 11 British businesses, 10 of which are based in Scotland, chosen to represent the country at the biennial event.

John Lawrie Group was nominated for the award by The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Art, Manufacturers and Commence (RSA) Environment Awards Forum. This followed the firm’s success at the 2017 VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards where it won the circular economy award.

John Lawrie Group collected the VIBES award in recognition for demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development and reducing environmental impacts. These are two themes which underpin its business and are supported by its robust environmental management system.

Iain Bell and Ray Grant of John Lawrie Group with the VIBES 2017 circular economy award

The circular economy concept adopts a restorative and regenerative approach to business. It aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible in order to extract maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

John Lawrie Group specialises in metal recycling and reprocessing, the supply of new and used steel tubulars, and oilfield and industrial decommissioning services. Over the past two decades the firm – which was established in the 1930s – has progressively developed its decommissioning expertise. It is the firm’s commitment to identifying alternative uses for redundant oil and gas materials that has led to it receiving the EBAE nomination.

The EBAE recognises companies that have made an outstanding, new or innovative contribution to sustainable development. The 11 UK nominees will now compete against companies from 27 other European countries in five different categories, with each country able to nominate four entries per category. John Lawrie Group has been shortlisted in the process category which recognises the successful application of an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the autumn.

Ray Grant, John Lawrie Group environmental director, said: “Two decades of work has gone into building our expertise in the decommissioning sector and finding alternative uses for redundant materials, in turn creating a greener economy. Reusing redundant drill pipes as piling in the construction sector is just one example of how this can be achieved.

“John Lawrie Group is thrilled to be nominated for an EBAE, which recognises our commitment to the circular economy and assisting other companies in our supply chain to become more environmentally conscious. Operating sustainably is a commitment we have across our whole business. Our metals division for example processes thousands of tonnes of metal each month that is remanufactured into new steel products, while our tubulars division can supply a range of used tubing, casing, drill pipe and associated products for a variety of uses.”