SWA consultation response: Renewable Heat Incentive - a reformed and refocused scheme
25 Apr 2016
The Scotch Whisky Association welcomes this consultation.
Scotch Whisky is a heat intensive sector. Heat accounts for
around 80% of the industry's primary energy requirements, and an
even higher proportion of heat to power is required within the most
energy intensive sites - distilleries. Distillers have taken
active steps to reduce demand for heat by improving energy
efficiency and investing in renewable energy projects. We
believe that the Scotch Whisky industry is one of the largest
investors in renewable energy outside of the utilities
Under our ambitious Environmental Strategy, launched in 2009,
the use of non-fossil fuel within the industry has increased from
3% in 2008 to 17% by 2014. The targets currently set are to
achieve 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. The success achieved to
date is due to distillers investing in a range of renewable energy
projects, such as anaerobic digestion, 'conventional' biomass(e.g.
wood chip/pellet) and innovative and ground-breaking biomass - the
renewable feedstock for which are derived from distillery
by-products. Renewable heat projects have been implemented at
different scales, such as the 4MW biomass boiler at Tomatin
Distillery (the first project in Scotland to be supported by
investment from the UK Green Investment Bank) through to a 7.2MW
renewable CHP plant in Rothes which is fuelled by distillery
by-products from a consortium of nearby distilleries.
RHI funding has been crucial in getting those projects off the
ground. However, we believe that the scheme could offer more
to incentivise renewable heat, particularly for innovative
renewable heat schemes.
We welcome the Government's continued support for the scheme,
but we do have concerns on some proposals. Our response
focusses only on those questions where we have particular
The full consultation response can be downloaded