Distillers cut carbon bill by turning whisky by-products into energy

on 27/05/11 at 4:43 pm

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A group of distillers in Rothes, Scotland, began building a power plant this week that turns whisky by-products into energy and could cut total carbon emissions from the Scotch whisky industry by 6 per cent.

Seven distillers operating in the Rothes area, ranging from big names like Diageo to smaller ones like BenRiach, created a joint venture, Helius Corde, to run the project.

Investing £60.5m (€70m) in the initiative, the whisky producers believe that once up and running in 2013 the plant will generate 7.2 megawatts of electricity.

“At that level the site would cut carbon emissions from the Scotch whisky industry as a whole by 6 per cent,” said Julie Hesketh-Laird, director of operational and technical affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association.

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