Sally Gold on awards for small businesses with low carbon footprints
Today, Sally Gold, who oversees
a program called Shell Springboard – part of the Shell oil company. Since its launch in 2005, it has awarded over 1.6 million British pounds to 43 small businesses across the U.K. – to help them to implement ideas to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Sally Gold: They can be businesses that are looking at building solutions, or construction solutions, businesses that are looking at engine re-design, or different behavioral changes that people can make in the way that they transport goods or the way that they use energy systems in their homes. So, a complete range of ideas and some really creative thinking as well.
Gold gave an example – an energy startup
company called Scottish Bioenergy.
Sally Gold: They were using one of the resources that Scotland has a lot of, which are whiskey distilleries
. And what this guy was doing was a one-man-band, and he was building algae
The algae bioreactors move exhaust gas from the distillery into containers that grow algae, which feed on the gas. The algae are ultimately harvested for proteins and oils that make fuel used to run the distillery.
Sally Gold: So, it was saving the distillery all of its energy costs, its electricity bills. I think what is valuable to people's bottom lines, and what is good for the environment, are going to go hand in hand.