Scotch Whisky industry adopts net zero roadmap

The plan will prioritise decarbonisation of fossil fuelled-distillation processes and the adoption of hydrogen technology

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The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has published a net zero roadmap that could help the industry take the steps needed to transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

The report developed by the environmental consultancy Ricardo, based on data from more than 120 Scotch Whisky sites across Scotland, prioritises the decarbonisation of fossil fuelled-distillation processes and the adoption of hydrogen technology.

Peter Clark, Head of Operational Affairs for the Scotch Whisky Association, commented: “It has been valuable to demonstrate the recommended steps the sector can take towards a more sustainable product and the support that is needed from governments and regulators to take these steps.”

The industry reports a more than a quarter increase in non-fossil fuel use in its primary energy consumption, a 20% improvement in water efficiency since 2012 and almost 100% recycling of its waste.