Diageo has announced plans to build a new carbon-neutral Crown Royal distillery in Canada, with a CAD$245 million (£145m) investment.
The facility in Ontario’s St. Clair Township, which will be the company’s first distillery of its kind in the country, will have the capacity to produce up to 20 million litres of absolute alcohol annually – equivalent to 10.5 million proof gallons.
It will operate on 100% renewable energy and send zero waste to landfill from all direct operations as well as feature resource efficient technologies.
The new facility will support Diageo’s commitment for net zero carbon across its direct operations by 2030 and across the entire supply chain by 2050 or sooner.
Over the last three years, Diageo has invested around CAD$75 million (£44m) to develop environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced distilleries and production capabilities in Canada.
Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo said: “A low carbon world is essential for a sustainable future so I am thrilled to announce our first carbon neutral distillery in Canada as we continue to build momentum in our journey to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
“We celebrate such a significant milestone for our Crown Royal brand, our North American operations and global footprint.”
Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2022 and become operational in 2025.