Aberdeen-headquartered ASCO picked up the Driving Sustainability prize at this year's Northern Star Business Awards, and were presented the title by sponsors bp.

ASCO is a leading global logistics and materials management services provider, supporting projects in the renewables, new energy, oil and gas and decommissioning sectors.

The company's innovative processes and systems put it at the forefront of driving supply chain efficiency, providing transparency for the entire process from vendors to end users. Its fully integrated suite of support includes logistics, transport and freight, supply base management, aviation services, warehousing and storage solutions, materials management, fuel and bulk provision, marine services, training, lifting and assurance, personnel provision and environmental services.

It combines this with specialist technical and advisory services across marine, materials, inventory and lifting operations and world-class technology via its proprietary integrated Logistics Management System to meet the needs of global energy operators.

ASCO has more than half a century of logistics and materials management experience and its expertise and capability help customers by transforming operational efficiency and improving processes.

It has recently implemented a range of major changes to create a more sustainable business and to become a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business by 2040.

These changes include the transition of its light vehicle fleet to electric in both the UK and Norway.

ASCO’s “Zero Waste to Landfill” initiative was designed in response to Scottish regulatory requirements which will ban the disposal of general waste to landfill by 2025. The initiative diverts industrial waste, currently bound for landfill sites, to sustainable facilities in North-east Scotland where “waste-to-energy” technology is used to produce electricity and hot water. So far, the company has achieved a reduction of 57% waste sent to landfill in the UK.

The finalists

The other finalists in the category were:

  • ASCO
  • Burnobennie Distillery
  • Carbon-Zero
  • KR Group
  • Tidy Green Clean

Click here to view a video of all the finalists.

About the sponsor

bp is an an integrated energy business with operations in Europe, North and South America, Australasia, Asia and Africa

The company has been based in the UK for over 100 years and continues to invest in its businesses to provide the energy the country needs.

It directly employs 15,780 people and spends £7.1billion with UK companies, supporting over 90,100 jobs in total – that’s one in every 364 jobs in the UK.

In total, bp contributes £9.7billion to UK GDP, around 0.5% of UK GDP.

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