Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

Latest News from the whisky industry - Scottish Whisky Association - June 03, 2009

Whisky distillers set out Green Commitments

Scottish Whisky Association - Whisky distillers set out Green CommitmentsScotch Whisky companies have pledged to cut their use of fossil fuels by 80 per cent by 2050,under the first industry-wide environmental strategy, published today (Wednesday 3 June).

The fossil fuel reduction amounts to an annual saving by 2050 of over 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of taking 235,000 cars off Scotland’s roads.

Cutting the reliance on fossil fuels is only one of a number of tough industry-wide targets, which include: a significant reduction in the average weight of packaging used; the elimination of sending waste from packaging operations to landfill sites; a commitment to source future whisky casks only from sustainable oak forests; and to maintain the highest standards of water use and discharge management.

The ‘big ticket’ goals will be achieved through improved operational efficiency and continued investment in innovative technologies, with an emphasis on renewable sources of energy. Targets have been set in two phases, 2020 and 2050, and the industry has volunteered to publish its achievements annually to show what progress has been made.

The Environmental Strategy - which took two years to produce under the auspices of The Scotch Whisky Association - was unveiled today at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Speaking at the Strategy launch, it was welcomed by Richard Lochhead MSP, the Scottish Environment Secretary, who praised Scotch Whisky producers for being the first industry in Scotland to commit to the demanding climate change targets set by the Scottish Government for 2050.

The SWA also announced that member companies had already agreed plans to invest over£100m in environmental initiatives, such as bio-energy plants at Roseisle, Cameronbridge, and the Combination of Rothes Distillers. The industry also pledged to work with its supply chain to reduce their CO2emissions.

Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of The Scotch Whisky Association, said:
“Today’s launch of our first industry-wide Environmental Strategy is a bold move by distillers. We believe it demonstrates our commitment to securing Scotch Whisky’s future, addressing issues of the environment and the economy.

“Investment of over £100m has been approved in environment-related improvements over the last 18 months alone. The good news is that we are making more whisky but already using less energy. Spirit production has increased by over 20 per cent over the last decade, yet our energy efficiency has also improved by a similar amount - a great achievement. We are not newcomers to the environmental agenda but there is a recognition that we must do more across all our operations. We intend to work closely with our supply chain - 50 per cent of our emissions are not under our direct control - so that we can jointly reduce our impacts on the environment.”

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said:
“The future of Scotland’s iconic whisky industry relies on our equally iconic and prestigious environment and the industry is ahead of the game with this pioneering strategy. If delivered fully,these commitments will be of real benefit to our environment.
“Scotland’s record export sales figures of over £3 billion for last year demonstrate the important contribution this industry plays to our economy. The whisky sector directly employs 10,000 people and 41,000 Scottish jobs depend on it, many of which are in economically fragile rural areas. But the benefits of whisky to Scotland can be counted in more than pounds and pence: it is iconic of Scotland, and synonymous with quality and prestige.”

David Rae, Managing Director of The North British Distillery Company and Chairman of the SWA’s Environment Strategy Working Group, said:
“This Strategy makes good environmental and good business sense. Distillers have always understood the long term view and our targets up to 2050 are both ambitious and stretching. “Over the last two years, we have developed a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s impacts on the environment. This has allowed us to identify key areas where more can be done and a baseline from which to measure our progress. Our targets will only be met through industry investment and collaboration, coupled with the support, commitment and enthusiasm of government and our supply chain. This strategy is ground-breaking and is a clear signal of our commitment to take a lead on sustainability issues.”

North British, a joint venture between Diageo and The Edrington Group, has already beaten by two years its own specific energy target under the climate change initiative for 2009/2010. Its Edinburgh distillery will also supply waste heat to the new Tynecastle High School.

<< Back to all the latest whisky news brought to you by Planet Whiskies

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Tasting Sets for Whisky and Gin

Whisky gift for Father's Day 2019

BUY WHISKY TASTING SET FOR £24.95

Gin gift for Father's Day 2019

BUY GIN TASTING SET FOR £24.95

VIEW OTHER IDEAL WHISKY GIFTS FOR FATHER'S DAY 2019

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required


Loch Fyne Whiskies

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Have you seen all the whisky specials on offer at Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray? All orders placed have next day delivery. Click to discover all these fantastic offers... Read More

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

View latest whisky news

Three Golds Landed By Welsh Whisky Company at the Prestigious International Wine & Spirit Awards

3 Golds Landed By Welsh Whisky Company at the Prestigious International Wine & Spirit Awards

Penderyn, a unique Welsh whisky distillery based in the Brecon Beacons, is celebrating having taken home three prestigious gold awards at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Get ready! Round three of The Glenfiddich Festival Experiment is coming - bigger, better and louder than ever

Get ready! Round three of The Glenfiddich Festival Experiment is coming - bigger, better and louder than ever

Back by popular demand, The Glenfiddich Festival Experiment #3 is returning once again to say thank you to the nation’s bartenders. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Redbreast 12 Year Old Soars In Global Spirits Tastings

Redbreast 12 Year Old Soars In Global Spirits Tastings

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which is crafted at Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers – the producer of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys – has taken home the World Whisky Trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most influential spirits competitions, now in it’s 50th year.  Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual.

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual.

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Pure Scot Collaborates With Australian Street Artist Vexta On One-Of-A-Kind Art Installation

Pure Scot Collaborates With Australian Street Artist Vexta On One-Of-A-Kind Art Installation

Australian-owned Scotch Whisky, Pure Scot, is celebrating its collaboration with Australian street artist, Vexta. In September, a custom art installation will be created at the home of Pure Scot, Bladnoch Distillery, situated deep in the Scottish Lowlands. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

William Grant & Sons UK Appoints Jody Buchan as Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador to Scotland and the North of England

William Grant & Sons UK Appoints Jody Buchan as Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador to Scotland and the North of England

Monday 5th August, 2019: Independent family distillers William Grant & Sons UK has confirmed that co-owner of Kin Edinburgh, Jody Buchan, has taken on the role of first ever Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador to Scotland and the North. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

 

Great Whiskies Website

Buy Whisky online go to Great Whiskies (Planet Whiskies sister website)

Planet Gin Website

To read all the Latest Gin News. please go to our sister website - www.planetgin.com

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Some Scottish Whisky Available to Buy Online

Samaroli Diamond (2017 Edition) Blended Malt Whisky
Samaroli Diamond (2017 Edition) Blended Malt Whisky ~ 40% ~ 70cl

Region: Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £437.30
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky
Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky ~ 43.8% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £4,995.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1983 - Historic Scotland Single Malt Whisky
Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1983 - Historic Scotland Single Malt Whisky ~ 46% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £495.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 1321) - Feis Ile 2018 Single Malt Whisky
Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 1321) - Feis Ile 2018 Single Malt Whisky ~ 56.4% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,000.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Highland Park 10 Year Old 1996 (cask 1071) - The Ambassadors Cask 2 Single Malt Whisky
Highland Park 10 Year Old 1996 (cask 1071) - The Ambassadors Cask 2 Single Malt Whisky ~ 58.8% ~ 70cl

Region: Island  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £329.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glen Moray Mastery Single Malt Whisky
Glen Moray Mastery Single Malt Whisky ~ 52.3% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £828.35
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


The Glenlivet 30 Year Old - Cellar Collection Single Malt Whisky
The Glenlivet 30 Year Old - Cellar Collection Single Malt Whisky ~ 48% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,200.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing) Single Malt Whisky
Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing) Single Malt Whisky ~ 53.1% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,295.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenglassaugh 44 Year Old 1972 (cask 1721) - Rare Cask Release Batch 3 Single Malt Whisky
Glenglassaugh 44 Year Old 1972 (cask 1721) - Rare Cask Release Batch 3 Single Malt Whisky ~ 42.2% ~ 70cl

Region: Highland  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,400.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 3246) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky
Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 3246) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky ~ 43.4% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £5,459.21
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter