The unique natural environment on the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides is the fabric woven into the provenance of our Scottish salmon.
We are committed to operating in an environmentally respectful way. The natural environment in which we farm is central to ensuring a sustainable business and high quality Scottish product. Robust environmental management procedures are integral to all our operations to ensure compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and driving continual improvement across the business. We appreciate our role as custodians of our natural environment. Considerable emphasis is placed on minimising the potential impact our activities could have on local ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife.
We recognise our broader responsibility to engage, support and work collaboratively in our wider environment. We are involved in various local projects focusing on wild fish interests, including research and habitat. An example is our involvement in a successful restocking project on the River Carron, supplying feed, equipment, sharing expertise and providing funding.
The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) is an innovative project that will demonstrate how different renewable energy technologies can be integrated to support local energy economies and circular supply chains. The project, which is taking place on the Isle of Lewis, intends to integrate fish waste along with household and garden waste, instead of sending it to landfill. It is fed into an Anaerobic Digester (AD) which produces biogas that is used in the Council Creed Combined Heat & Power Plant (CHP) to provide heat for the Plant and the AD. The CHP also produces electricity, which powers an electrolyser that generates hydrogen and oxygen, which is then captured and stored in cylinders. These gases will be used at some of our hatcheries, providing an oxygen supply and hydrogen power to some of the external fish tanks. Finally, the remaining hydrogen will power a hybrid bin collection lorry which will operate in the Lewis and Harris area.
This innovative project will have both a positive environmental and economic impact that will also have relevance and learning for future projects. SSC is a partner in the OHLEH project, along with Comhairlie nan Eilean Siar (CnES), the local authority for the Western Isles, Community Energy Scotland and Pure Energy Centre. It is funded by CnES and Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund, which is administered by Local Energy Scotland.