An updated summary of the challenges and potential opportunities faced by the industry before, during and after Brexit.
Gordon & MacPhail, the Elgin-based owner of Benromach distillery,
recently installed a solar array at its distillery in Forres, to harvest the sun’s energy, helping reduce the organisation’s consumption of fossil fuel- generated electricity.
The Edinburgh-based UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has, through fund manager Equitix, been investing in the installation of biomass boilers in Scotland’s distilleries for the past two years, helping the
industry to modernise, become more energy efficient and reduce its carbon footprint.
Horizon Proteins, a spin-out company from Heriot-Watt University, has developed a process for using pot ale from malt whisky distilleries to produce a sustainable, nutritionally-suitable protein for salmon feed.
Established in 1894 in the North East Highlands of Scotland, Knockdhu distillery is part of the Inver House Group portfolio, and is known for its distinctive Ancnoc single malt. While the distillery may be steeped in history, it is also dedicated to forward-thinking sustainable production.
Speyburn Distillery underwent a substantial upgrade and capacity increase completed in March 2015, as part of the planning process for
the production volume increase there were discussions with SEPA on the variation of the abstraction licence for both the process and cooling waters.
Established in 2010, the Spey Catchment Initiative (SCI) is a public-private partnership that aims to deliver environmental enhancement projects throughout the River Spey catchment.
The case for recycling waste glass back into the production of new
bottles and jars is compelling. As well as reducing the amount of
natural minerals extracted to produce virgin glass, the energy saved
by the container manufacturer creates a saving of one tonne of carbon
dioxide for every six tonnes of recycled glass used.
The Scotch Whisky industry is committed to helping Scotland reach its ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The Scotch Whisky industry launched its far-reaching Environmental Strategy in 2009 - the first industry-wide strategy of its kind in Scotland. Energy forms a core plank of the strategy - distillers have committed to sourcing 20% of primary energy requirements from non-fossil fuel by
2020 and 80% by 2050.
Treasury Committee Inquiry - The economic and financial costs and benefits of UK's EU membership: written evidence submitted by the Scotch Whisky Association
Positive signs for Scotch Whisky exports in first half of year.