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Scotch Whisky at COP26

Scotch Whisky at COP26
Find out more about the Scotch Whisky industry's presence at COP26 in Glasgow this November.

Scotch Whisky at COP26

Scotch Whisky is Scotland. Made from just three natural ingredients, the heritage of Scotch Whisky stretches back more than 500 years, using time-honoured methods to create the world’s best-loved whisky, enjoyed in 180 markets around the world. But the Scotch Whisky industry is also focusing on the future – investing in innovation and research from grain to glass, to ensure that Scotland’s national drink can be enjoyed for generations to come.

 

The UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP26) is coming to Glasgow in November 2021. As one of Scotland’s key industries, Scotch Whisky producers are looking forward to showcasing our environmental sustainability achievements and ambitions at what will be a pivotal event in the fight against climate change.


 

The Scotch Whisky industry is already leading on sustainability, and COP26 is an opportunity for companies across our sector to demonstrate what they are doing at a site and strategic level to reduce environmental impact across key areas including:

  • Reaching Net Zero emissions
  • Using water responsibly
  • Caring for the land
  • Improving the life cycle of packaging

In September 2021, the SWA became Scotland’s first trade association, and the UK’s first food and drink trade association, to be recognised as a Race to Zero partner in the lead up to COP26. The partnership, which was approved by the UN High Level Climate Action Champions, recognises the SWA’s commitment to robust net zero criteria in line with globally halving emissions by 2030.

Learn more about Race to Zero here


COP26 highlights

COP26 highlights

Explore some of the Scotch Whisky industry's highlights of COP26 from across our social channels...

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How far we've come

How far we've come

The Scotch Whisky industry's sustainability journey began more than a decade ago - find out how far we've come and where we're headed.

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The COP26 Whisky

The COP26 Whisky

Learn about the limited edition COP26 whisky, created by the Scotch Whisky industry to mark November's conference.

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Sustainable Scotch: Case studies

Sustainable Scotch: Case studies

Explore examples of sustainable Scotch whisky in action from distillery sites throughout Scotland.

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Who we work with

Who we work with

Learn about the organisations that the Scotch Whisky industry works with to achieve its sustainable ambitions - from farming to tourism.

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Scotch Whisky at COP26 news & commentary

01 November 2021

Sustainability numbers add up for green whisky strategy

New data shows the Scotch Whisky industry has more than halved greenhouse gas emissions since 2008.

22 October 2021

Special Scotch Whisky Announced to Mark Collaborative Spirit of COP26

The SWA has announced a limited edition blended Scotch Whisky, produced by the industry to mark the COP26 conference in November.

20 September 2021

Scotch Whisky Association Raises a Toast to Race to Zero Partnership Status

The Scotch Whisky Association has been formally announced as an official Race to Zero partner ahead of COP26 in November.