£10 million fund to help distilleries go green


The government has launched a £10m fund to help distilleries across the UK cut their carbon emissions.

The first phase of the Green Distilleries competition will provide up to £500,000 for feasibility studies looking into the use of a low carbon fuel.

The solutions could include electrification, hydrogen, biomass or waste. In addition, enabling technologies will be considered and could include fuel conversion, transportation or storage.

The announcement has been welcomed by Dagmar Droogsma, Director of Industry at the Scotch Whisky Association, who said: “This fund will provide us with the opportunity to put forward bids for demonstration projects for so-far untested technologies, helping the Scotch Whisky industry play its part in reaching Scotland’s emissions targets.”

In 2019 the distilleries industry – which is primarily in Scotland and Northern Ireland – grew by 20%.

All the details of the funding can be found on the Green Distilleries Competition page.

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