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Highland Galvanizers putting Scotland on the road to circular economy success

A Scottish manufacturing firm is attracting international attention for its project to extend the safe working life of motorway crash barriers, keeping drivers safe while reducing costs and harmful emissions.

31 Oct 18

Highland Galvanizers, who worked on both the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing, the Kelpies project and more, are now profiling their work to cut emissions to an audience of international policy leaders.

The company has pioneered a way of re-coating barriers before rust sets in, so that the steel is preserved and can remain in use for at least another 25 more years. This process is currently being piloted in the south east of Scotland, in partnership with Transport Scotland.  This could deliver savings of £4 million and 8,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the South East over the typical barrier lifetime.

Highland Galvanizers will be among the businesses profiled at the Circular Economy Hotspot, a major international event to showcase Scotland’s progressive approach to developing a circular economy and the best of our burgeoning circular businesses to a global audience. Delegates from 17 different countries are gathered from 30 October to 1 November for the event, which is being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland with partners Circular Glasgow and backed by both the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

On Thursday 1 November, delegates will take part in six sector Discovery Tours. The manufacturing tour will include a visit to Highland Galvanizers, where they will showcase their efforts to cut emissions to an international audience. The other sector tours are Bioeconomy, Circular Economy in the Community, Construction, Food and Drink, and Plastics Solutions.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Making things last is at the heart of the circular economy and Highland Galvanizers are moving into the fast lane of circular thinking with this extremely practical business idea. Their work to extend the lifespan of crash barriers is helping to keep drivers safe while also cutting costs and harmful emissions. This joined up thinking shows the benefits of adopting circular economy approaches and I hope they will prove an inspiration to other Scottish businesses and entrepreneurs and to the international delegates visiting as part of the Circular Economy Hotspot showcase.”

Geoff Crowley, Development Director, Highland Galvanizers, said:

“Corrosion is the enemy of anyone who is trying to make sure that things are built to last. However, not only does galvanizing extend the safe working life of motorway crash barriers, it also delivers cost savings for the public purse and cuts emissions. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences in the circular economy with guests from across the world.”

Zero Waste Scotland has published a case study on Highland Galvanizers today: see: https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/case-study/highland-galvanizers

Zero Waste Scotland leads on delivery of the £73 million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which aims to improve the economic performance of SMEs while at the same time reducing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment, supporting Scottish Government and EU policies.


Notes For Editors

  • The attached images show: Geoff Crowley, Development Director, Highland Galvanizers and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland; operations at Highland Galvanizer’s plant at Cumbernauld.
  • Highland Galvanizers was established in 1978 and employs over 100 people across two sites in Elgin and Cumbernauld. For more information, see www.higalv.co.uk
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


For media enquiries contact:

David Weir, Senior Press Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

M: 07966 272462

E: David.Weir@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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