The Government is pumping nearly £9m into Scotland’s whisky industry. They hope to help Scotland’s distilleries cut emissions, go green and in doing so build a wealth of new green jobs.
Producers both in mainland Scotland and on the islands received initial funds to start green innovation but now it is hoped these projects can accelerate so that production processes can be decarbonised by changing their fuel wherever possible to something greener like geothermal, biofuel or hydrogen. It is also hoped the scheme can go a little further to convert the stored energy from these renewables to heat for use elsewhere.
Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
Scotland’s whisky distilleries are famous around the world for their innovation, and it is great to see them use this to get into the spirit of going green.
The funding announced today will support one of our most iconic industries to go further and faster in cutting their carbon emissions and build back greener – something we can all raise a toast to.
This is a great step towards a greener Scotland while Cop26 looms and it is expected to build upon an industry which is already employing more than 40,000 across Scotland.
So drink up and don’t feel guilty!! It’s getting greener!