Environmental Strategy

Protecting the environment and promoting sustainability help underpin Scotch Whisky's reputation for quality around the world.

The Scotch Whisky industry Environmental Strategy - first launched in 2009 and the only one of its kind covering an entire Scottish sector - has been refreshed to broaden its remit to reflect an evolving world and changing business operations.

The refreshed Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy was launched at an event in Edinburgh on the evening of 21 September 2016 with a panel session including Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

As part of the refresh the SWA created a film about the strategy from the perspective of our key stakeholders - available online here.

The full strategy refresh is available to read or download here.

Throughout the life of the strategy, the SWA has provided regular updates on progress;

Case Studies

Effective Water Management

We will engage actively with SEPA and other relevant authorities in the development of Scotland’s River Basin Management Plans to ensure that a sustainable and good quality water supply, on which the industry critically depends, is maintained.Read More

Sustainable Use of Casks

We will seek to ensure that in future all casks brought into the industry are made from oak sourced from sustainable forests.Read More

Reducing Reliance on Fossil Fuel

By 2020 we will ensure that 20% of the industry’s primary energy requirements will be derived from non-fossil fuel sources, with a target of 80% by 2050, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel sources to a minimal level.Read More

Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We will continue to mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, and to increase our energy efficiency in the production process, through innovation and adoption of relevant technologies.Read More

Meeting Packaging Recycling Targets

By 2020 we will reduce the average unit weight of our product packaging materials by 10%, ensure that 40% of it is made from recycled materials, all packaging will be reusable or recyclable and we will send no packaging waste from our packaging operations to landfill.Read More

Reporting to Stakeholders

We will report annually to our stakeholders on our progress to demonstrate how we are meeting our commitments and delivering against our targets.Read More