DEWAR’S Aberfeldy Distillery Cuts Carbon Emissions
Since launching its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” initiative in 2014, Bacardi Limited has united all of its brands under the goal of sustainable operations. The Aberfeldy Distillery in Scotland, the home of Bacardi subsidiary DEWAR’S blended Scotch whisky, recently updated its facilities as part of Bacardi’s global sustainability initiatives.
Because distilleries often have a large impact on the environment due to their use of fossil fuels, DEWAR’S installed a biomass boiler to significantly curb the Aberfeldy Distillery’s carbon emissions. Funded by the UK Green Investment Bank and additional private donors, the innovation has reduced the facility’s carbon footprint by an impressive 90 percent. Rather than burning fuel oil, the new biomass boiler uses wood pellets to power the distillery’s activities, both reducing the facility’s energy consumption and decreasing its carbon emissions. DEWAR’S estimates that it will prevent up to 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
The new biomass boiler at Aberfeldy Distillery is just one aspect of DEWAR’S commitment to the Good Spirited initiative. Across all five DEWAR’S malt distilleries, the company has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent, reduced water use by 46 percent, and cut landfill waste by 30 percent.