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Scotch whisky goes green

by Alan Harten
June 5, 2009

As part of a new industry focused environmental strategy, Scotch Whiskey firms pledged to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels by approximately 80% within the next forty years, which they estimate will save about 750,000 tones of carbon dioxide from being released into the air.

Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Environment Secretary welcomed the announcement that will have the same result as taking about 235,000 cars off the road.

Fossil fuel reliance is expected to be reduced by investing in renewable forms of energy, while implementing new technology and improving overall operational efficiency.

The Scotch Whisky Association has identified the years 2020 and 2050 as their target years to evaluate the progress of each phase of their environmental achievements.

This is not the only area of concern for the Scotch Whisky Association which is also including other environmental measures into its daily regimes, such as sending less waste to landfill sites from packaging operations, reducing the average weight of the packaging that is currently used, and continuing to uphold high water usage standards.

According to the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Gavin Hewitt, the industry has already invested over £100m in just the last 18 months.

He went on to say that this is a bold move by whisky factories but that it shows that the companies have a commitment to the future and noted that while whisky factories are producing more whisky now than ever, it is at a lower cost to the environment.

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