Protecting the environment and promoting sustainability help
underpin Scotch Whisky's reputation for quality around the
The Scotch Whisky Industry's Environmental Strategy is the
most ambitious, voluntary, environmental sustainability strategy of
any single UK manufacturing sector.
Launched in June 2009, the Strategy aligns members'
ambitions and identifies specific, measurable collective goals
which go beyond compliance and lead by example. It encourages
sustainability across the industry's supply chain.
It sets a firm programme of action, supported by the whole
Strategy reached a five-year milestone in 2014. We have
been reflecting on the sector's achievements and checking our
progress against stakeholder expectations and our ever-evolving
We will be publishing our 2014 performance report later this
year alongside refreshed targets to ensure that the strategy
continues both to stretch and future-proof the industry.
The SWA has provided regular updates on progress;
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
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