Environmental Strategy Report 2015
10 Dec 2015
The Scotch Whisky industry launched its first ever Environmental
Strategy in 2009, with a set of ambitious targets driving
sustainability. To our knowledge, the Strategy remains the only one
in Scotland embracing a whole business sector.
This is our fourth report charting the Scotch Whisky industry's
progress against these targets. Six years after the launch, we are
proud to show our members' continued commitment to being part of a
responsible and sustainable sector and to protecting the pristine
environment essential for the production of Scotch Whisky.
We believe this report is a comprehensive representation of the
Scotch Whisky sector as participating companies represent 85% of
Scotch Whisky production by volume.
Our ambition is to become world leaders in sustainability.
Scotland has an abundance of natural attributes which can support
this. Our Strategy aims to protect Scotland's natural capital for
generations to come.
Our sector takes a global view. As we look to the future we need
to understand the challenges we face - environmental, social,
political, and commercial. To meet these challenges effectively,
while delivering sustainable economic growth, we are refreshing
some of our Environmental Strategy targets. We will publish more
details on this in coming months.
Accordingly, this is the final progress report on the current
targets. It summarises what we have achieved in the last five
years. We are delighted that the industry has made significant
progress in many areas.
We are particularly proud of the leadership the industry has
shown in embracing non-fossil fuel energy and making significant
investment in renewable technologies in Scotland. This year we saw
the opening of new distilleries, such as Dalmunach, owned by Chivas
Brothers, built using the latest innovations and environmental
expertise, and Harris, to name just two. This comes on the back of
multimillion pound investments already committed in a wide range of
low-carbon technologies to meet our 2050 target of sourcing 80% of
industry energy requirements from nonfossil fuel sources.
On waste, too, the news is good. The industry is close to
achieving zero waste to landfill. Only 2% of waste was sent to
landfill in 2014 and many sites already have met the
target of zero.
When it comes to sustainability, the performance of others will
directly impact the progress of the Scotch Whisky industry. This is
a time of real partnership both within the industry and externally.
Some significant supply chain initiatives are underway that involve
individual companies as well as the whole sector working with the
We have detailed some of these on-going collaborations in this
report. We are grateful to those organisations and individuals who
have helped drive these alliances through which further
improvements can be made.
Our efforts on all this really matter. Scotch Whisky is of
significant importance in the Scottish and UK economy, adding
almost £5 billion to GDP each year, supporting more than 40,000
jobs, and contributing £4bn to the UK's trade performance. We are
proud of our performance in creating wealth in an environmentally
sustainable way, and the industry will work to improve our
performance even further.
Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Operational and