Scotch Whisky Industry Moves Closer to its Green Targets
16 Dec 2013
Annual report shows industry
The Scotch Whisky industry is embracing the use of non-fossil
fuel and investing significantly in renewable technologies as part
of its far-reaching Environmental Strategy, according to a report
The strategy launched in 2009 - the only one embracing an entire
manufacturing sector in Scotland - set a number of ambitious
targets covering a range of areas, such as reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, moving away from fossil fuel and sending no waste from
packaging operations to landfill.
The latest annual report from the Scotch Whisky Association
(SWA) reveals the industry is close to achieving its zero waste
target with only 5% of waste being landfilled last year. Greenhouse
gas emissions have been reduced by 10% since 2008, despite spirit
production increasing by 11% to meet growing global demand for
Scotch Whisky. Renewable energy use reached 16% from 3% in
Scotch Whisky producers are making substantial investments in
renewables. Case studies of industry initiatives in the report
include Diageo's investments in Speyside in a new biomass plant at
Glenlossie and a new anaerobic digestion plant at Dailuaine.
Tomatin near Inverness is the first distillery to install a wood
pellet fuelled steam boiler in its production process to reduce
carbon emissions. In a different type of project, Chivas Brothers
is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by introducing an electric
Julie Hesketh-Laird, SWA director of operational and technical
"At a time when the industry is growing its distillation
capacity in Scotland, green investments are at the heart of
"Renewables projects in-particular have caught the imagination
of the Scotch Whisky industry and have attracted
multi-million-pound capital investment.
"There are excellent examples of the commitment to
sustainability from a number of Scotch Whisky producers in this
year's report. They provide a snapshot of the type of projects
distillers are investing in.
"The industry is committed to sustainability and will continue
to work hard to meet its environmental targets."
Contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager on 0131
222 9230 or 07432 605 385 or firstname.lastname@example.org with
A full copy of the report, including case studies starting on
page 17, is available to download.