The government has announced £10 million in funding to help the UK’s distilleries go green by making the move to low carbon fuels like hydrogen, as well as helping them cut emissions by nearly a million tonnes of CO2 each year, which is the same as taking 200,000 cars off the road.
Thus far, 11 distilleries in Scotland and six in England will be able to look into adopting more eco-friendly innovations as a result of this government support, with each site receiving between £44,000 and £75,000 during the first phase of funding.
The industry grew by 20 per cent in 2019, with the Scotch whisky sector supporting 40,000 jobs around the country, with over 10,000 people directly employed in Scotland.
Some 7,000 of these jobs are in rural areas of the country and this funding will help propel uptake of net zero innovation in some of the most remote parts of the UK.
Director of industry at the Scotch Whisky Association Dagmar Droogsma said: “With COP26 taking place in Glasgow this year, the Scotch whisky industry has ambitious plans to build on the success of the last decade when distilleries cut greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent.
“There is more to do, but with continued support from the government, the Scotch whisky industry can continue to work towards a more sustainable future.”
The Scotch whisky industry has also just launched its own Sustainability Strategy, committing the sector to reaching net zero emissions across its operations by the year 2040, as well as dramatically reducing the environmental impact of the national drink in other areas.
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