Whisky firms in green pledge

04 June, 2009

Scotch whisky companies have pledged to cut their use of fossil fuels by 80% by 2050 as part of a new industry-wide environmental strategy.

The move will be the equivalent of taking 235,000 cars from Scotland’s roads, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

The strategy also includes promises to reduce packaging weight, eliminate landfill waste, source casks from sustainable forests and maintain high standards of water use and discharge management.

SWA chief executive Gavin Hewitt described it as a “bold move by distillers”.

He added: “Spirit production has increased by over 20% over the last decade, yet our energy efficiency has also improved by a similar amount.

“We are not newcomers to the environmental agenda but there is a recognition that we must do more across all our operations.”

He said for the industry to achieve its goals it would have to work with other parts of the supply chain, as half of the industry’s emissions are not under its direct control.

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