SWA summarizes the industry's sustainability efforts
The latest figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association show that the Scotch whisky industry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% since 2008. The SWA also reports that nearly 40% of all energy used to produce whisky in Scotland comes from non-fossil fuels, while in in 2018, it was 28%. Such a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is mainly related to investments in innovative technologies that have been undertaken in recent years. The industry's goal is to achieve zero net emissions by 2040.
Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association said: “These are very encouraging figures to release as COP26 gets underway in Glasgow, and as the Scotch Whisky industry continues on its journey to net zero. We still clearly have progress to make, but we are determined to reach our 2040 net zero target across the whole industry, not least as the future of one of Scotland’s most historic and successful industries depends on it, as do the people we employ and the communities in which we are based. As we face this next, decisive decade Scotch Whisky distillers are redoubling their collaborative efforts not only to reverse the impacts of climate change but to ensure that our industry makes an overall positive impact on the environment around us.”
In September, SWA became Scotland's first trade association and the UK's first food and drink trade association to be recognized as a Race to Zero partner. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the industry is committed to using water responsibly, ensuring that all new packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
By working closely with partners, regulators, innovators and other industries, Scotch Whisky aims to be at the center of Scotland's unique environment protection agenda while continuing to be a modern, profitable and successful industry.