Diageo Scotland was one of seven organisations to receive Carbon Trust Standard certification at an event held in Edinburgh last week.

The event, on 4 November, awarded Scottish businesses and public sector organisations that collectively made savings of over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum, equivalent to the emissions from heating 6,421 average households per year.

The Carbon Trust Standard, launched in June this year, is designed to award organisations that have measured, managed and reduced their carbon footprint year-on-year, rather than off-setting emissions.  Organisations have to re-apply every two years to stay Carbon Trust Standard certified.

Alan Barclay, governance director for Diageo Scotland Supply, said: "Diageo is committed to ensuring we operate as a responsible and sustainable business - and we are developing innovative and holistic ways to minimise our impact on the environment. The award of the Carbon Trust Standard is very welcome recognition."

Other Scottish organisations certified with the Carbon Trust Standard were; Fife Council, FIS Chemicals, Hewlett-Packard, LifeScan Scotland, Scottish Court Services and the University of Edinburgh.