Whisky and spirit lovers will soon be able to enjoy their favourite tipple in the knowledge that they are helping to cut carbon emissions, as part of a £10m funding announcement to help UK distilleries go green by switching to low carbon fuels such as hydrogen.
Announced today, by Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, the funding will kick-start green innovation across Scotland’s distillery industry and will encourage distilleries across the UK to harness energy sources such as low-carbon hydrogen, biomass and repurposed waste to power operations.
“Our plan to deliver a carbon-neutral future doesn’t just mean new jobs in industries but helping some of our oldest industries play their part as well. We want to harness the tremendous innovation of our distilleries so customers can enjoy their favourite tipple in the knowledge they are helping us to tackle climate change,” Kwarteng said.
In 2019, the UK distilleries industry grew by 20%, demonstrating the opportunity for the sector to be at the heart of a clean and resilient recovery. The funding will help such facilities prevent pollution equivalent to emissions from 100,000 cars from entering the atmosphere, contributing towards the UK net zero carbon target.
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