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Funding to support whisky industry to cut emissions

17th August 2020

Kwasi Kwarteng, UK Government Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, today announced the opening of a £10 million fund, which is being made available to kick-start green innovation across Scotland’s iconic distillery industry. The move gives backing to distilleries across the UK to harness energy sources such as low-carbon hydrogen, biomass and repurposed waste to power their operations.  

Currently, there are 133 malt and grain distilleries operating in Scotland making up nearly half of all distilleries in the UK. The government funding will help them produce their world-famous wares while contributing to taking pollution equivalent to emissions from 100,000 cars out of the atmosphere.  

Greening distillery operations in Scotland and across the rest of the UK will help contribute towards its legally-binding target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The funding comes as the UK government continues to ramp up its green economic recovery from Coronavirus ahead of hosting the UN Climate Change talks (COP26) in November next year.  

As well as decarbonising the Scotch industry, the funding will also be open to distillers producing Scotland’s world class gins. There are over 110 Scottish gins being produced by more than 60 distilleries, and three of the world’s bestselling gins Hendrick’s, Gordon’s and Tanqueray are all made in Scotland. Read more

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