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
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
Julie Hesketh-Laird, SWA's Director of Operational and Technical
"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