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Scotch Whisky at COP26

Scotch Whisky at COP26
Find out more about the Scotch Whisky industry's presence at COP26 in Glasgow this November.

Scotch Whisky at COP26

Scotch Whisky is Scotland. Made from just three natural ingredients, the heritage of Scotch Whisky stretches back more than 500 years, using time-honoured methods to create the world’s best-loved whisky, enjoyed in 180 markets around the world. But the Scotch Whisky industry is also focusing on the future – investing in innovation and research from grain to glass, to ensure that Scotland’s national drink can be enjoyed for generations to come.

 

The UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP26) is coming to Glasgow in November 2021. As one of Scotland’s key industries, Scotch Whisky producers are looking forward to showcasing our environmental sustainability achievements and ambitions at what will be a pivotal event in the fight against climate change.


 

The Scotch Whisky industry is already leading on sustainability, and COP26 is an opportunity for companies across our sector to demonstrate what they are doing at a site and strategic level to reduce environmental impact across key areas including:

  • Reaching Net Zero emissions
  • Using water responsibly
  • Caring for the land
  • Improving the life cycle of packaging

In September 2021, the SWA became Scotland’s first trade association, and the UK’s first food and drink trade association, to be recognised as a Race to Zero partner in the lead up to COP26. The partnership, which was approved by the UN High Level Climate Action Champions, recognises the SWA’s commitment to robust net zero criteria in line with globally halving emissions by 2030.

Learn more about Race to Zero here


How far we've come

How far we've come

The Scotch Whisky industry's sustainability journey began more than a decade ago - find out how far we've come and where we're headed.

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Who we work with

Who we work with

Learn about the organisations that the Scotch Whisky industry works with to achieve its sustainable ambitions - from farming to tourism.

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Scotch Whisky at COP26 news & commentary

20 September 2021

Scotch Whisky Association Raises a Toast to Race to Zero Partnership Status

The Scotch Whisky Association has been formally announced as an official Race to Zero partner ahead of COP26 in November.