UN Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species Sacha Dench touched down in Scotland where she visited Celtic Renewables.
There she met with company founder Professor Martin Tangney OBE as part of her round Britain climate challenge to raise awareness of the effects of climate change, and shine a light on the innovators working to solve the crisis.
The UN ambassador toured the Celtic Renewables plant – which will be the first biorefinery in the country - and learned first-hand how it has patented low-carbon technology converting unwanted and low-value biological materials, such as by-products from whisky distilling, into high-value, low carbon chemicals.
These can replace petrochemicals currently used in the multitude of products used every day from cleaning materials to food production.
Dench said: “I am delighted to be back in Scotland and visiting the beautiful capital and surrounds. I am looking forward to meeting people who are truly focused on answers to the climate crisis – not problems - and as such are inspirations to all. We’re trying to answer the question: We drove the Industrial Revolution, can we drive the Green Revolution too?”
Professor Tangney OBE added: “We were thrilled to host Sacha here at Celtic Renewables as part of this ambitious round Britain Climate Challenge. In our view, COP26 must move us from justifying why we need to tackle climate change, to determining how, and Sacha's expedition shining a spotlight on the people and initiatives helping us achieve Net Zero, is helping set this direction of travel.
“Celtic Renewables firmly believe we are part of the Net Zero future, and in bringing our first plant into operation we will show that low-carbon biotechnology can be both commercially sustainable and environmentally sustainable.”
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