Green Award for Groundbreaking Whisky Strategy

06 Nov 2009

The SCDI Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability was presented to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), following the launch of the whisky industry's ambitious environment strategy earlier this year.

The first of its kind in Scotland, and described as 'pioneering' by the Scottish Government, the industry-wide strategy commits Scotch Whisky distillers to cut their use of fossil fuels by 80% by 2050, an annual saving of over 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050.

Among other measures, the industry also aims to reduce significantly the average weight of packaging used, eliminate ending waste to landfill sites, source future whisky casks only from sustainable oak forests and to maintain the highest standards of water management.

The Scottish Natural Heritage sponsored award was presented at a Scottish Council (Development & Industry) Gala Dinner in Edinburgh, and aims to identify the Scottish organisation making the biggest contribution to sustainability and improving environmental performance.

Julie Hesketh-Laird, SWA's Director of Operational and Technical Affairs, said:
"Scotch Whisky is synonymous with the Scottish environment and the industry's reputation is built on a history of excellence - in our raw materials, our production methods and our brands.

This award recognises the commitment and ambition of Scotch Whisky distillers to environmental sustainability and demonstrates industry leadership on this issue. Our industry-wide strategy makes good environmental and business sense. The industry is no newcomer to the environment, but our strategy and this award acknowledges the benefits of collective action across all our operations and supply chains."