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Scotch whisky industry hits renewables target four years ahead of schedule

Scotland's whisky industry has reached a target for increased renewable energy use four years ahead of schedule.

Published: April 27, 2018
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The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) set out an environmental strategy in 2009 to reduce fossil fuel usage and increase its reliance on green energy across the sector.

Renewable energy use increased from 3 per cent in 2008 to 21 per cent by 2016.

The industry has also reduced emissions by 22 per cent over the last decade and has increased the amount of recycled materials in product packaging to 44 per cent, SWA said.

Chief executive Karen Betts said: "The Scotch whisky industry may be one of Scotland's oldest and most successful exports, but these ambitious targets highlight how as a sector we are embracing innovation and technology to help protect the environment.

"Looking ahead, there is more work to be done to achieve all our 2020 goals.
The SWA will continue to work with Scotch whisky producers, our supply chain, government and other stakeholders to ensure we continue to drive progress and deliver our sustainability strategy."

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Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "It is encouraging to see the strong progress the Scotch whisky industry has made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more environmentally sustainable.

"The industry's efforts to use non-fossil fuels, cut down on water use and to recycle packaging are an example we would encourage other sectors to follow and will feed into Scotland-wide environmental targets which will help make Scotland a cleaner and greener place to live."

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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