Award For Scotch Whisky Environmental Strategy

11 Oct 2010

Named as winner of the 'Best Non-Waste Management Initiative', the industry's environment strategy commits distillers by 2020 to reduce the average weight of packaging used by 10%, eliminate waste to landfill sites, and ensure the recyclability of all packaging. Also by 2020, 40% of all product packaging will be made from recycled materials.

The industry has also committed to a significant shift to non-fossil fuel use aiming to use 20% non-fossil fuel sources by 2020 and 80% by 2050, source future whisky casks only from sustainable oak forests and to maintain the highest standards of water management. The ambitious plan will result in an annual saving of over 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Julie Hesketh-Laird, Director of Operational and Technical Affairs at The Scotch Whisky Association, said: "Our Strategy commits us to collective action across the industry and its supply chain, bringing the whole sector together to play its part in waste reduction and resource efficiency. This award recognises the work aimed at waste reduction undertaken by Scotch Whisky distillers."

Calum MacDonald, Director of Operations, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, said: "This industry's strategy, unique in Scotland, is an important step to help protect our precious resources."