North-east environmental tech firm Recycl8 targets expansion into new markets
North-east environmental technology firm, Recycl8, is expanding its team to drive continued growth and enter the global renewable energy market.
With multibillion-pound offshore windfarm projects recently being awarded development rights around the coast of Scotland, this vital industry is set for a period of rapid growth.
Over half of these proposed projects are to build floating wind farms, potentially requiring concrete solutions. Ironically, the cement industry produces at least 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycl8 has developed a pioneering low-carbon concrete solution aimed at helping windfarm operators to reduce their carbon footprint. The start-up works in collaboration with the waste-to-energy and global construction industries to transform Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) normally destined for landfill into a high-performing, low-carbon concrete solution.
Opportunities in the renewables sector have prompted the appointment of Lloyd Duncan as the firm’s first Energy and Renewables Adviser. He has been brought on board to support the continued growth of the business and its longer-term vision to break into different industries across a wider global footprint. In his new role, Mr Duncan will leverage his extensive construction and energy industry experience to explore current opportunities for low-carbon concrete supply within the renewable energy sectors. His remit will also include ensuring that the company pre-qualifies for the supply of high-strength, low-carbon concrete within the associated supply chain networks of the wind power sector.
Mr Duncan brings a wealth of experience in management and business gained across senior managerial roles in oil service companies and the overseas construction industry. He has also had direct involvement in business start-ups, acquisitions and mergers of SME businesses.
Ian Skene, founder and managing director of Recycl8, said: “It’s great to welcome Lloyd to the team at such an exciting time, as we explore new opportunities. We’re currently at an extremely important point in our product testing phase, verifying the concrete strength and end-of-waste classification.
“We’re delighted to have Lloyd on board at this major milestone in our business journey, applying his experience from the energy and renewables sectors to both our operations and our strategic development. He has already made a very positive impact in helping us to align the company with UK regional offshore wind ‘clusters’ – a collaboration between developers and the regional supply chain, public sector and education bodies striving to develop offshore wind farms utilising new technologies.”
Lloyd Duncan added: “I’m honoured to be joining the Recycl8 team, and bringing together my 30 years’ experience from the subsea sector and SME start-ups to this game-changing Aberdeenshire business, with global ambitions. Being able to apply my previous experience to assist Recycl8 navigate into different markets is an exciting prospect. As a fellow cohort of the Grey Matters programme, along with the directors of Recycl8, I appreciate the value of being part of the Scottish Enterprise ecosystem and we look forward to where this will take us in the future.”