Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

30 May 2012

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Production of Scotch Whisky and its co-products requires energy and the associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be mitigated as far as possible. Improved energy efficiency is a priority.

The Scotch Whisky Association manages the spirits industry's climate change agreement (CCA) with the UK Government on behalf of the whole industry via the Spirits Energy Efficiency Company (SEEC). The Government sets challenging energy efficiency targets for the sector to achieve. All of Scotland's grain distillers, and more than half of malt distillers, are SEEC members, together with the gin and vodka sectors. Since the scheme was set up in 1999, the energy used to produce a litre of pure alcohol has been reduced by 18% at a time when production has increased by 22%. This follows significant investment in new technology and facility upgrading.