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Scotch Whisky Association - Distillers beat government targets on energy efficiency - 31st October, 2011
The UK spirits sector has beaten government energy efficiency targets. Investment in energy
saving schemes is paying off for Scotch Whisky distilleries.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DEEC) latest results reveal that the 71 sites
participating in the Spirits Energy Efficiency Company’s (SEEC) scheme improved their energy
efficiency by 25% since 1999, more than meeting the Government’s target for the sector.
Sixty-six of the sites are Scotch Whisky distilleries.
Meeting the energy efficiency target allows companies to benefit from a 65% reduction in the
Climate Change Levy (CCL). This will lead to a saving of about £2.6 million a year for the UK
Julie Hesketh-Laird, the Scotch Whisky Association’s Operational and Technical Affairs Director,
“This outstanding result has been achieved by investments in energy saving technologies across
the board, including the construction of new distilleries and investments in efficiency measures
at existing sites.
“We welcome the Government’s commitment to extend the CCA scheme for another ten years
from April 2013. We believe there is scope to improve the scheme to deliver further energy
savings. In our sector we have long-called for our bottling operations to be eligible for inclusion
in this effective climate change scheme. It’s odd, illogical and inequitable that the bottling of
other drinks can qualify for a CCA, but not the bottling of spirits at large stand-alone sites. This
must be addressed.
“The industry is committed to energy saving and this forms a key part of its ambitious
Environmental Strategy which has a number of targets, for example deriving 80% of the Scotch
Whisky industry’s energy from non-fossil fuels by 2050.”