Scotch is going for gold with green

Scotch whisky producers are aiming to adopt an industry-wide environmental strategy by the end of the year.

The Scotch Whisky Association said the detail was still being worked on, but the aim will be to improve on what it already sees as a positive record on green issues.

Spokesman David Williamson said: " A number of expert groups

have been set up looking at a variety of areas, from production through to distribution, looking at how the industry can build on a very strong environmental record.

"We'll set some challenging targets in terms of reducing our environmental impact."

The SWA took the industry's

environmental credentials to Brussels last

week at a conference to mark EU Green Week.

It presented a range of industry initiatives, including recycling energy from whisky production to provide heat for Scottish communities, research into ways to turn waste products from whisky-making into alternative energy sources, and use of lightweight packaging.

Morag Garden, the SWA's environmental affairs manager, said: "Distillers are continuing to work to reduce the impact of their operations and promote long-term sustainability."