Whisky news from the The Scotch Whisky Association
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.”
Glengoyne Distillery announces return of 30 Year Old Highland Single Malt
Published Date: 21th February 2019
Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of the second edition of Glengoyne 30 Year Old. Read more
Benromach starts 2019 in style with two rare and aged vintage expressions: Benromach Heritage 1972 and 1977 available worldwide
Published Date: 21th February 2019
The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of two Heritage expressions, Benromach Heritage 1977, an exclusive 41-year-old single cask vintage (49.6% abv) and Benromach Heritage 1972, a rare 46-year-old single cask vintage (55.7% abv). Read more
Balcones Distilling Launches New Texas Pot Still Bourbon
Published Date: 19th February 2019
WACO, TEXAS: Balcones Distilling has today announced the launch of its Texas Pot Still Bourbon as the newest addition to the distillery’s core lineup of expressions. Read more
Wemyss Malts launches new website and Cask Club with an exclusive 35 year old Caol Ila
Published Date: 18th February 2019
Family whisky makers Wemyss Malts have relaunched wemyssmalts.com, a brand new website offering whisky fans the chance to join the Wemyss Malts Cask Club. Membership offers access to unique bottlings released solely to the members as well as preview purchases of the latest malt whisky releases. Read more
Exclusive Interview with Paul McDonagh owner of Bon Accord: Glasgow Whisky Bar
Published Date: 16th February 2019
It’s a pub that I have been into many times in the past, even before my passion for whisky took over. So, when I got the opportunity to meet the owner of “Bon Accord”, Paul McDonagh, I jumped at the chance. Read more