Slàinte to sustainability at John Dewar & Sons
John Dewar & Sons has achieved a 34% reduction in GHG emissions since 2006 and a 46% reduction in water use since 2009 through its partnership with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
Since 2010 the Bacardi-owned whisky maker has also seen a 30% reduction of waste to landfill at its five malt distilleries.
“Working with companies like John Dewar & Sons, the SWA is implementing an award-winning, industry-wide environment strategy,” said David Williamson, Public Affairs & Communications Director, for the Scotch Whisky Association. “It’s the first of its kind here in Scotland. Our aim is to reduce our emissions and increase our investment in renewables – at a time when production is growing.”
In Scotland, estimates are that 36 bottles of Scotch whisky are exported every second in an industry that supports some 35,000 jobs.
“The environment is so important to Scotch whisky,” commented Iain Lochhead, operations director for John Dewar & Sons Ltd. “We are so closely tied to the air, the water and the landscape where we grow our barley and distil our whiskies that it’s crucial we have a sustainable future. Without our barley, there is no Scotch whisky industry.”
“By reducing carbon emissions, we believe we are playing our part in making the environment in Scotland sustainable,” added Lochhead. “Because we use natural ingredients to make our whisky, we want to return at least as much as we take away.”
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