15 Dec 2008 05:12:58
First green distillery to be built
The first green distillery is to be built in Scotland to keep up with growing demand for the spirit.
Conglomerate Diageo maker of Johnny Walker, Tanqueray and Smirnoff has announced the construction of the £40 million low-carbon facility.
The new plant at Roseisle, on Speyside, will produce ten million litres of whisky a year to meet the growing popularity of the drink, which experienced eight per cent growth in overseas sales.
"Apart from emitting only 15 per cent of the carbon dioxide of a standard distillery of the same size, we have found a way to recycle all the water that passes through the Roseisle site," the distillery's designer, Mike Jappy, told the Observer.
"The important point is that this technology could one day be used at distilleries around Scotland."
Earlier this year Diageo announced the construction of a bio-energy plant at its largest distillery at Cameronbridge.
The facility would separate a waste product of the distilling process known as 'spent wash' to generate electricity.
Solids and liquids will be separated, with solids being burnt as biomass, while biogas will be extracted from the remaining liquids through anaerobic digestion.http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/dec/14/food-drink...