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Carluke-based food brand R&W Scott is working with ScottishPower to explore ways to reduce its carbon footprint.

The company is considering the potential of using green hydrogen and renewable electricity to take its operations into a clean energy future, while also moving away from the ‘volatile’ gas market, which has seen prices reach unprecedented levels in recent months.

ScottishPower is developing a project at Whitelee windfarm, which will see green hydrogen produced as a clean gas, alongside wind, solar and battery technologies. The green hydrogen produced can then be distributed for use in industrial settings and transportation applications.

“While our dedication to creating quality food products hasn’t changed over the last 149 years, we’ve always continued to evolve, innovate, and embrace new technologies throughout our history,” John Easton, Executive Chairman at R&W Scott said.

“We’re really excited to be working with ScottishPower to look at how we can green our operations and use Scotland’s abundance of natural resources to power our ambitions and ensure that R&W Scott can continue to fly the flag for the Scottish food and drink industry for many more years to come.”

Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower, added: “It’s great to be working with R&W Scott to consider how the company can contribute to Scotland’s Net Zero future through creating bespoke green solutions that meet its energy needs.

“Whether it’s green hydrogen to power industrial processes, renewable electricity to support operations, electric vehicle charging or solar panels, we can really make a difference and support businesses of all sizes – whether they’ve been around as long as R&W Scott or not – to do the same.”