The Scotch Whisky industry is leading the way on environmental sustainability with ambitious green energy targets that it released last month. Under new guidelines launched by the Scotch Whisky Association, the industry has committed to generating 40% of primary energy used to make whisky from non-fossil fuels by 2030. This further strengthens the industries commitment to its long-term aim of reducing non-fossil fuel energy to 80% by 2050.

The updated Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy asks manufacturers of Scotch (a total of 115 licenced distilleries) to meet targets by using alternative energy sources such as solar power or anaerobic digestion. Several distilleries have already 'gone green' by installing new biomass boilers, allowing them to significantly cut both their greenhouse gas emissions and their fuel costs.

Brodies has supported and continues to support the whisky industry with its low carbon ambitions. This has included advising Tomatin in the delivery of the construction of a 4000 kW wood pellet biomass boiler - the first project funded in Scotland to receive Green Investment Bank funding - and current work supporting a Scottish distillery with the development of an on-site anaerobic digestion gas to grid project.