The industry wants to achieve zero waste

The industry wants to achieve zero waste

The Scotch whisky industry claims to have cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% since 2008.

The emissions drop comes despite an 11% increase in production, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said today (16 December). The figures were revealed in the SWA's annual environmental commitment report, part of the industry's environmental strategy launched in 2009.

Scotch producers  have neared a target of zero waste with only 5% of that being landfilled last year, according to the latest report. Meanwhile, renewable energy use reached 16% from 3% in 2008.

“At a time when the industry is growing its distillation capacity in Scotland, green investments are at the heart of companies’ commitments," said Julie Hesketh-Laird, the SWA's operational & technical affairs director. 

"Renewables projects in-particular have caught the imagination of the Scotch whisky industry and have attracted multi-million-pound capital investment.”

The SWA has pledged that by 2020 it will ensure that 20% of the industry’s primary energy requirements will be derived from non-fossil fuel sources, with a target of 80% by 2050. 

In 2010, Hesketh-Laird told just-drinks the Scotch whisky industry was “ahead of the game” compared to other drinks categories when it came to commitments to the environment.